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Four South Coast police officers injured in confrontation with man

Santa Barbara Police Department
Four Santa Barbara Police Officers were injured Thursday trying to arrest a man wanted for an assault.

Santa Barbara Police say it was also a hate crime incident.

Four South Coast police officers were hurt as they were arresting a man they say they caught in the middle of an assault.

Santa Barbara Police officers were called to Bath Street by reports of a man being attacked Thursday afternoon. They say the saw the assault as it was still underway.

The attacker fled after seeing officers. He was spotted a few minutes later in a nearby apartment. As officers tried to arrest him, the 21-year-old Santa Maria fought them, injuring four of them in the process.

The officers injuries were reported to be minor. Carlos Undabahena was arrested on multiple charges ranging from violence against an officer to a hate crime. The hate crime charge was added because the victim told officers that Undabahena made a number of homophobic statements during the attack.