Carpinteria battery victim dies
A Carpinteria man was taken off life support Tuesday evening due to injuries he suffered during an attack early Saturday, officials said.
Deputies responding to reports of a fight at 1:20 a.m. Saturday found Eric Romero, 32, lying on the ground in the 4900 block of 9th Street in Carpinteria, according to a Wednesday news release by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
Mr. Romero was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
“Following the discovery of the victim, the Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Ms. Hoover said in the news release.
Detectives identified Scott Robert Fleming of Carpinteria as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest, she said.
On Monday, detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations and Special Operations bureaus arrested Mr. Fleming with help from Ventura Police Department officers. He was arrested without incident.
A source told the News-Press they, and other friends, urged Mr. Fleming to turn himself in to law enforcement.
He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury, and assault with great bodily injury.
He is being held on $100,000 bail and remains in County Jail.
“Because Romero has now succumbed to his wounds, Sheriff’s detectives plan to request the District Attorney’s Office consider charging Fleming with a violation of 192(a) PC — Voluntary Manslaughter,” Ms. Hoover said.
On Wednesday, the District Attorney’s Office charged Mr. Fleming with voluntary manslaughter with enhancements for a second strike allegation and a prior serious or violent felony conviction.
Mr. Fleming appeared before Judge Cliford Anderson in the arraignment department of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Figueroa Division.
His next court date was not available Wednesday..
Ms. Hoover said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the non-emergency dispatch line at 683-2724, or make an anonymous tip through the sheriff’s office website at www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip.
A memorial to Mr. Romero’s memory has been set up near The Carpenter’s Chapel on 9th Street in Carpinteria.