SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Santa Barbara County say a college student naked from the waist down and likely intoxicated was arrested after allegedly assaulting a pastor.
Sheriff’s officials say Father Jon-Stephen Hedges opened the front door of his home Saturday after someone banged on it, crying for help.
Investigators say 22-year-old Paul Gusman, a student at UC Santa Barbara, forced his way into Hedges’ home and began punching the pastor repeatedly.
Hedges says he was struck dozens of times in the face and his wife was hit on her hand.
The pastor’s wife managed to call 911. Deputies found Gusman in the yard, without pants and likely under the influence.
He could face charges including assault. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.
Hedges was hospitalized and is recovering at home Sunday.