October 11th, 2021 – Santa Barbara, Ca.
39-year-old Santa Barbara area transient Nathan Hunter apparently has a problem with
women. According to Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale, Hunter
was arrested following multiple incidents over a 24-hour period in which he “accosted female
victims” on an apparently random basis.
It all began in the early evening of October 4th, 2021, when Hunter “advanced toward” a 21-year-
old female in the parking lot of the Santa Barbara Amtrak station. The victim has just parked her
car when Hunter approached and made demands of the woman. When she attempted to move
away from him, Hunter then “spat in the victim’s face” in what was later determined to be an
unsuccessful robbery attempt.
The following morning, Hunter approached a 24-year-old female as she approached her vehicle,
whereupon he once again “spat in her face.” While documenting that incident, a half hour later
patrol officers were notified of “another battery that had occurred nearby” under
circumstances similar to the earlier incidents.
A short time later, Hunter was contacted and arrested on “misdemeanor battery charges.” But
two days later, on the morning of October 6th , Hunter was observed by uniformed officers as he
confronted a female driver at a downtown intersection, “blocking her from moving forward on
When the officer told Hunter to step out of the street, Hunter “challenged the
officer to a fight.” Backup patrol units soon arrived on the scene and made contact with
Hunter, whereupon he violently resisted but was ultimately taken into custody.
Hunter was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on multiple counts
of battery, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, and resisting arrest, with his bail
set at $500,000.