Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers dealt with two separate and apparently unrelated stabbing incidents last weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 2 around 2:00 a.m., residents at the Theta Chi fraternity house were having a get-together when they noticed 19-year-old Robert Sunkees allegedly stabbing the exterior of the perimeter fence. When residents opened a side gate to investigate, Sunkees entered the property uninvited.
Witnesses said Sunkees had a lock-blade knife in the open position and was making slashing motions at residents. Witnesses said he yelled, “I’m going to kill you” and “I’m going to beat your ass.”
According to the IVFP report, Nick Tevis, a 19-year-old UCSB student, approached Sunkees in an attempt to make him leave the property. Sunkees made another slashing motion, cutting the victim on his right middle finger; however, no medical attention was necessary.
After residents of the house called 911, IVFP officers located Sunkees, who was not wearing a shirt, on the corner of Embarcadero del Norte and Picasso Road. When Sunkees saw the officers approaching, he ran away. Officers later found the knife used in the altercation behind a cinder block wall in a parking lot about eight feet from where the incident occurred.
Sunkees was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon other than a gun. At the IVFP station he reportedly told officers, “I am really drunk. I had no physical relations with anybody, officer. I really have to urinate.” When asked if he knew why he was under arrest, Sunkees said he had no idea and could not recall assaulting anyone.
After being transported to the county jail, Sunkees told officers, “I have never tried to hurt anybody in my life.”
The same day at 3:45 a.m., 20-year-old Patrick Scholz and 21-year-old Phillip Sacks entered the IVFP station to report that Scholz had been stabbed and was bleeding from the left hand.
The two men told officers that they drove from Port Hueneme – where they are stationed at the naval base – to go to some parties in Isla Vista.
While walking between two parties on the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive, an unknown man in his early twenties approached Scholz and asked why he and Sacks were at the party. A verbal argument ensued and the man allegedly swung at Scholz, striking him in the left pant pocket.
Scholz said he then felt a sharp pain in his left hand, which had been in his pocket. The man then ran westbound on DP. Scholz was transported to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, where he said he received seven to 10 stitches.
Scholz said he has been to I.V. on several occasions and has had people approach him and mistakenly identify him as a man named Rudy. He said he thinks that the man who stabbed him may have thought he was Rudy because there appeared to be no motive for the man to stab him.
The assailant was not located and officers are looking for more information regarding his identity so they can further investigate the case. The IVFP can be reached at 681-4179.