press release - 05051701

Daniel Garcia, 19


Daniel Garcia, 19

Isla Vista Resident Arrested for Alleged Hate Crime


Santa Barbara - May 5th, 2017


An inmate in custody in Monterey County has been identified as the suspect responsible for an alleged hate crime committed in Santa Barbara County one month ago. At approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 15, 2017, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to investigate a battery that occurred near Highway 101 in the Arroyo Quemada area west of Refugio State Beach. Deputies contacted a 63-year-old Santa Paula resident and learned that a suspect had attacked the victim with a guitar apparently because he believed the victim was homosexual. The suspect shouted a homophobic slur during the attack and the victim suffered a traumatic injury requiring medical treatment. 


Over the weeks following the attack, deputies conducted a thorough investigation in an attempt to identify and locate the suspect.  The investigation ultimately led to the identification of the suspect, 19-year-old Isla Vista resident, Daniel Joseph Garcia. Deputies executed a search warrant at Garcia’s residence in Isla Vista, but were unable to locate him.  An arrest warrant was also obtained and Garcia was found to be in custody in Monterey County.


Deputies learned that several hours after the committing the hate crime in Santa Barbara County, Garcia was arrested by the California High Patrol in Monterey County for an unrelated assault with a deadly weapon incident and for driving under the influence.


Garcia will be transported to Santa Barbara County to face charges after the disposition of his Monterey County charges.


The included booking photograph was provided courtesy of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department.

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