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Santa Maria man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following shovel attack
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Santa Maria man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following shovel attack

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Juan Carlos Arizaga-Rosas

Juan Carlos Arizaga-Rosas

A Santa Maria man was arrested Sunday on an attempted murder warrant following an alleged shovel attack on North Western Street. 

Officers responded to a call of a vandalism in progress in the 200 block of North Western Street shortly before 10 a.m., according to Santa Maria Police Sgt. Paul Flores. 

Upon arriving in the 900 block of West Main Street, officers found a man suffering from a head injury and quickly determined that it was related to the vandalism call, Flores said.

The injured man was given first aid by officers and taken via ground ambulance to a local hospital, where he is expected to survive, Flores said. 

An investigation revealed that the injured man was allegedly struck in the head with a shovel and the arrest warrant was issued for Juan Carlos Arizaga-Rosas, 37, of Santa Maria. 

Arizaga-Rosas was located by patrol officers shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the front yard at the residence in the 200 block of North Western, where he was taken into custody without incident, Flores said. 

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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

The following is taken from the Lompoc Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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