The suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing in Orcutt last Tuesday is in custody. 52-year-old Irvin Basquez was arrested around 2:45 p.m. yesterday by Santa Maria Police Officers during a traffic stop on Betteravia and Bradley in Santa Maria.
Santa Maria Police Officers conducted the traffic stop because the vehicle matched the description of a car associated with a theft at Wal-Mart. While officers were conducting the identification of the four people in the car, they discovered Basquez sitting in the rear passenger seat and arrested him.
The other three people in the car were arrested on other charges, one in connection with the Wal-Mart theft and the other two for probation and parole violations. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene and took Basquez into custody.
He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and charged with attempted murder. His bail is set at one million dollars.
The stabbing occurred on January 29 at around 6:15 p.m. at a residence in the 500 block of Fairlane Place in Orcutt. The victim was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is recovering from his injuries.