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Arrest made in connection with attack on woman in Santa Barbara

Posted at 12:51 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 20:38:08-04

An arrest has been made in connection with what police are calling a violent attack on a woman in Santa Barbara last week.

Police were called to an area near the railroad tracks Wednesday morning after a bystander reportedly found a woman with a serious head injury.

At the time, police said the attacker was unknown to the victim.

Two days later, police say they took a man into custody for violating his parole and then requested three felony charges be filed against him in connection with the Oct. 2 attack.

Leo Burl Butler was reportedly booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges including assault with a deadly weapon and battery with great bodily harm.

Bail was set at $500,000.

Police have not provided any information on a possible motive.