A Santa Barbara man has been charged with a number of crimes following a string of incidents above a three-day period of time in which several women of all ages — all aged 21 to 24 — had been assaulted, spit on, and grabbed by the suspect, who authorities stated appeared to be targeting female victims.
In accordance to a statement from Santa Barbara Law enforcement Division Community Details Officer Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale, just before 7 a.m. on the Decreased Westside near Gutierrez on Oct 5, a 24-year-old female sufferer documented a battery. The target said she was walking to her automobile when the suspect, unidentified and unprovoked, approached her and spat on her experience.
Approximately 30 minutes afterwards, officers responded to an additional battery a limited strolling length away, Ragsdale reported, in which a distinct 24-calendar year-old woman victim was approached by an not known male suspect who “grabbed her by the arm and shoved her into a automobile she was preparing to enter.” As the target tried out to flee, the suspect allegedly also spat on the vehicle.
Each victims explained the similar suspect, and officers observed a person in the place that matched the descriptions. They detained and discovered the man, 39-yr-outdated Santa Barbara resident Nathaniel Terrance Hunter, who soon after investigation was arrested on misdemeanor battery costs for the two incidents.
The following working day, October 6, officers had been investigating an incident that transpired early in the night on October 4 in the Amtrak parking ton, where by a 21-year-aged feminine was confronted soon after parking her automobile. The suspect allegedly “made requires and innovative toward her,” and when she tried out to go away from him, the suspect spat in the victim’s deal with. Following investigating this incident even more, Ragsdale claimed, it was identified an tried theft experienced transpired, and the suspect was determined by the victim as Hunter.
At this point, Hunter was out of custody, and at 6 a.m. on Oct 7, an officer observed one more incident in development wherever a subject, later on determined as Hunter, was “standing in the road in what appeared to be a confrontation with a woman driver of a automobile,” Ragsdale reported.
Hunter was reportedly blocking the driver from transferring, and dispatchers broadcast a law enforcement radio report of a matter blocking the street at the site.
The officer at the scene attempted to direct Hunter out of the avenue from a distance, when he allegedly “challenged the officer to struggle, threatened him, and started approaching.”
Backup arrived and tried to arrest Hunter, Ragsdale said, when he “violently resisted” in advance of staying taken into custody. Two of the officers associated reportedly sustained slight abrasions in the altercation.
Hunter was booked on numerous costs stemming from the four instances, like a number of counts of battery, assault with a deadly weapon, tried theft, and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $500,000.
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