Homeless Man Arrested for Rape and Attempted Murder
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara Police arrested a homeless man for an alleged violent sexual assault and resisting arrest.
Ricky Phillips, a 55-year-old male who experiences homelessness in the City of Santa Barbara, was identified as a suspect in an investigation of a rape and attempted murder at a homeless camp near the railroad tracks at Montecito Street on July 8.
The next day, Santa Barbara Police detectives spotted Phillips in the area of 1500 Bath Street. According to the police department, Phillips violently resisted arrest resulting in additional officers to respond code 3 with lights and sirens. During the struggle, Phillips punched one of the officers in the face before he was secured into handcuffs. Phillips sustained minor injuries in the process, stated the Santa Barbara Police Department press release.
"The Santa Barbara Police Department works in close community partnership with the local non-profit organization, Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (“STESA”). This community partner was called upon to assist in providing confidential counseling and support services to the survivor in this case," the statement read.
Phillips was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for 69 PC – resist arrest with force, 261(a)(2) PC - rape by force or fear of bodily injury, 245(a)(4) PC – assault with a deadly weapon, and 664/187 PC – attempt murder.