Police have identified 32-year-old Eric Romero of Carpinteria as the victim of a deadly assault that occurred early in the morning on July 20, in the 4900 block of 9th Street in downtown Carpinteria.
Another local man, 29-year-old Scott Robert Fleming of Carpinteria, has been arrested and charged in the assault against Romero.
At approximately 1:20 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress near 9th Street and Yucca Lane. When deputies arrived they found Romero suffering from suspicious injuries, and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
On July 23, at approximately 9 p.m., Romero was taken off life support and pronounced dead at the hospital.
During the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the incident, Fleming was identified as the alleged suspect in the assault against Romero, and a warrant was secured for his arrest.
On July 22, detectives from the Criminal Investigations and Special Operations Bureaus, with the assistance of the Ventura Police Department, located and arrested Fleming without incident.
Fleming was subsequently booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of battery causing serious bodily injury and assault with great bodily injury. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
Because Romero has now succumbed to his injuries, Sheriff’s detectives plan to request the District Attorney’s Office consider charging Fleming with a violation of voluntary manslaughter.
While a suspect in this case has been arrested, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office asks for anyone with information about this incident to call the non-emergency dispatch line at (805) 683-2724, or to make an anonymous tip through the Sheriff’s Office website: sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip.