SANTA PAULA — A favorite watering hole of area locals, Sancho’s Bar in Santa Paula is, according to nearby business owners, usually a peaceful gathering place where problems are limited to the occasional arrest for being drunk in public.
Santa Paula patrol units responded to the report of a violent confrontation at the bar at 132 W. Harvard Boulevard to discover a man fleeing from the scene on foot. The suspect, Santa Paula resident Lazaro Rodriguez, was promptly apprehended and booked in connection with the stabbing of a 43-year-old man who was critically injured.
The victim remains in serious condition at Ventura County Medical Center. Rodriguez faces a felony count of attempted murder, an additional count of driving without a license, and is currently being held at Ventura County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.