Ricky Phillips, a 55-year-old homeless man, was arrested Friday on charges of rape and attempted murder, police said.
The alleged assault had occurred the day before at a homeless encampment located near the railroad tracks at Montecito Street, officials said. Phillips was identified as the suspect. Police spotted him walking in the 1500 block of Bath Street and attempted to arrest him, but he violently resisted and punched an officer in the face, according to police. Phillips himself was injured as he was secured in handcuffs.
“The Santa Barbara Police Department works in close community partnership with the local nonprofit organization Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA),” said Lt. Kenneth Kushner. “This community partner was called upon to assist in providing confidential counseling and support services to the survivor in this case.”
Phillips was booked in County Jail, and his arraignment is pending.