Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Santa Barbara Police Department Officers arrested Nathan Terrence Hunter, a 39-years-old Santa Barbara resident, in connection with 4 separate incidents where he allegedly targeted female victims.

On October 5, 2021, at 6:47am, the Combined Communications Center received a call of a battery that occurred in the area of 600 W. Gutierrez Street. The responding Officers contacted the victim, a 24-year-old female who was walking to her vehicle when she was approached by Hunter. The victim reported that Hunter, who was unprovoked and unknown to the victim, spat in her face.

Approximately 30 minutes later, and a short walking distance away, Santa Barbara Police Department Officers responded to another call of a battery that had occurred. The circumstances were similar in that an unknown male suspect approached a different 24-year-old female and grabbed her by the arm and shoved her into a vehicle she was preparing to enter. The victim fled and the suspect spat on the vehicle. An Officer observed a subject in the area shortly after who matched the description provided by both victims. The subject was detained and identified as Nathan Terrance Hunter. The investigation led Officers to arrest Hunter for the two incidents which amounted to misdemeanor battery charges.

On October 6, 2021, Officers were conducting a follow-up investigation into an incident that occurred on October 4, 2021, at 6:00pm near the Amtrak parking lot. The 21-year-old female victim had parked her vehicle in the lot and was confronted by a subject who made demands and advanced towards her. The victim began to move away from the subject who allegedly spat in the victim’s face. After investigating this incident further, it was determined an attempted robbery had occurred, and the suspect was identified by the victim as Hunter.

On October 7, 2021, at 6:00am, a Santa Barbara Police Officer observed a subject, later identified as Hunter, standing in the street in what appeared to be a confrontation with a female driver of a vehicle. The driver reported he was blocking her from moving forward in the roadway.  While the Officer was observing Hunter, dispatchers from the Combined Communication Center broadcast on the police radio, a report of a subject blocking the street in the same location. The Officer attempted to verbally direct Hunter out of the street from a distance. Hunter challenged the Officer to fight, threatened him, and began approaching the Officer. Other Officers arrived and attempted to arrest Hunter. Hunter violently resisted and was subsequently taken into custody.

Hunter was booked on numerous charges stemming from the four cases which includes multiple counts of battery, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, and resisting arrest. Hunter’s bail was set at $500,000. Two of the Officers involved in the violent altercation that occurred on October 7, 2021, sustained minor abrasions.


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bosco Oct 08, 2021 11:24 AM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Curious what constitutes a "Santa Barbara Resident". This guy seems like one of our many mentally ill homeless people. Wandering the streets at 6am, I doubt he was on his way to work. Does living in a shelter or temporary housing make someone a SB resident? I think it's important to know what tax paying services are supporting someone like this.

Luvaduck Oct 09, 2021 07:42 AM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

If his kin have given up and can't help him or control him, what chance does the law have of doing it? Some families try desperately to get help for a son or brother or other family member but can't. This man is demented and needs to be in custodial care, probably for the rest of his life. It may help him <have> a life--or not--but young women shouldn't have to endure dealing with him.

gizmo1 Oct 08, 2021 12:05 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Thank you government leaders and city Council and health department for allowing and attracting ( with no enforced Covid rules) all of these Scum suckers to roam free and continue roaming I think the guy I believe might’ve been a politician at one point or still is one-he has An invisible shield around him has more rights than you and me need to start holding a higher up responsible-thank God no innocent people were hurt hopefully his spit Wasn’t contaminated

Rypert Johnson Oct 08, 2021 01:01 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Saw the pre-arrest end of the story pop up on Nextdoor, it was the young lady who was first contacted by the suspect. she gave a detailed account, even mentioned the suspect is one of our "houseless neighbors" too, something this story fails to bring up.
Seriously, Houston, we've got a problem. The only solution is to put leadership in place that will take the drug aspect into account, which most of the "metally ill defense" contingent seem to omit from their rhetoric.
Once society accepts that the majority of these individuals aren't where they are because of income inequality, racial inequity, rising home prices, rising rents or capitalism and accepts the drugs (meth, heroin, fentanyl) angle as the primary cause, then MAYBE something CAN be done.
But to continue making excuses for bad behavior seems to be the kid gloves approach, thus nothing will be effectively done.
Here in Isla Vista since the removal of the encampments the number of shoplifting, prowlings, burglaries, thefts, assaults and just general negative confrontations has gone to lower numbers than before, practically zero.
We don't have EMT response to OD's every 30 to 45 minutes every hour on the hour anymore or police response to serious crimes.
One of the things that was seriously considered in the planning of the removal was the drugs angle and this was factored into how the situation was handled. Now if the City of Santa Barbara could do the same, that would be nice.

forrealnews Oct 08, 2021 01:30 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

As usual, the men molesting kids, raping and battering women are not shown in pictures. Then they get out and women and kids are still at risk because no one can identify the person. Show their picture every time! Abusers are not to be protected; the victims are.

ZeroHawk Oct 08, 2021 04:53 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

ok boomer...so you want every person that is mentally ill and commits a crime to be publicized? um...no. maybe in some weird draconian society. not ours. if we, americans, hadn't voted to gut mental health from city, county and state funds, shutter the institutions and hospitals and throw them out on the street, then we wouldn't be here today discussing this. This is from our own voting. This happened during the Regan admin.

a-1633758981 Oct 08, 2021 10:56 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

That happened in response to the ACLU and I quit contributing to them for that reason. But that's been over 50 years ago now. Let's get the addicted institutionalized and treated. This stuff is only happening because we allow it.

biguglystick Oct 09, 2021 08:25 AM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Agree with BDM 1868. Show the faces of men who batter and abuse women. I don't care what mental illness they have, identify them and make sure they are locked up in a facility for care (or in jail) so that this does NOT happen again!

OpossumBoy Oct 08, 2021 02:06 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

The existence of these totally down and out individuals saddens me. As the saying goes: There but for the grace of God go I.

So many people lost their jobs when stores and restaurants closed as COVID first hit our community. Without income, they lost their homes and turned to theft in order to eat. I think I’d go nuts and start acting out after a year of living in a tent, myself subject to theft from others.

I guess he got what he needed: A meal and a roof over his head. The problem is that keeping someone in jail costs our county much more than simply paying for their cheap housing and giving them a way to buy groceries. It’s also a lot easier for them to get a job if they can shower and shave everyday and are able to do laundry.

Forty-five years ago I worked for the Mental Health Team for Courts & Corrections in Honolulu. When visiting mainlanders were jobless and ran out of money, we gave them a free ticket to their choice of Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Maybe we in Santa Barbara should start schlepping these guys somewhere far, far away. Probably wouldn’t work... I’ve read that most of them are born-n-bred Santa Barbarans.

sfgac055 Oct 08, 2021 02:33 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Uhhhh?? Doesn't sound to me like this is a down & out local who lost their job due to covid... Sounds like a mental case or drug addict harassing and abusing women for no other reason than the voices in his head.

OpossumBoy Oct 08, 2021 03:27 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

yea, could easily be. Maybe a psychotic who quit taking his meds. I don’t see anything that indicates drug addiction though. If an opiate addict he’d be sitting on a bus bench totally zoned. I don’t know enough about meth addict behavior to say. But still, the guys I describe are out there.

ZeroHawk Oct 08, 2021 04:54 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

agreed which is why this person needs some help, not bashing, not crap talking, not jail where he will just be released and in even worse shape than he is now.

kegging1 Oct 08, 2021 11:48 PM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

And more
Bud Tall boy.
Sandwich from trash can
Shit in creek.
Steal a bike rim.
Days like that only last a short while till voices start and violence happens
Stop the hard drugs

Luvaduck Oct 09, 2021 07:30 AM
Police Arrest Local Man for Battery Against Women

Whatever the cause, he needs to be tested for diseases that are transmitted by bodily fluids and kept out of the general population. Another poster case for residential confinement/care in mental institutions. He's not just a danger to himself and he's fairly young. This could go on all his life or until there's a tragedy and he ends up in prison for the rest of his life.

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