UC-Santa Barbara student arrested for punching pastor in the face

UC-Santa Barbara student arrested for punching pastor in the face

A University of California-Santa Barbara student was arrested and slapped with multiple charges after he allegedly punched a pastor several times early Saturday morning, police officials announced.

Father Jon-Stephen Hedges told police that he woke up hearing a man’s screams for help outside his Isla Vista home at around 2:15 a.m. when he opened the door, he found Paul Gusman, a 22-year-old geography student, standing on the front step. He was naked from the waist down.

Gusman busted his way through the door and attacked Hedges, striking the pastor nearly 30 times in the face. Gusman is serving as an assistant pastor at St. Athanasius Orthodox Church as well as a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office chaplain.

A photo of the pastor taken following the attack shows him with a bandage over the left eye. However, officials said all the injuries he suffered were minor.

When deputies arrived, Gusman was arrested in the front yard. The officers said he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Gusman, who is currently behind the bars, faces charges of assault, elder abuse, residential burglary and dissuading a victim. It is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

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