Santa Barbara County Jail inmate punches guard in the face

Thunderhawk Gutierrez

The night before a San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate broke a guard’s nose and orbital bone, an inmate in Santa Barbara County Jail also punched a custody deputy in the face.

At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Thunderhawk Gutierrez, 28, of Santa Maria, attacked a custody deputy and punched him in the face while the guard was removing an inmate from a housing unit, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy who was attacked, as well as another deputy, managed to gain control of Gutierrez.

The injured deputy received treatment at a local hospital for undisclosed injuries. He is expected to return to work soon.

Medical staff examined Gutierrez and determined he was uninjured. Sheriff’s officials will forward the case to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office with the request that prosecutors charge Gutierrez with battery on a peace officer, assault likely to cause great bodily injury and obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

Gutierrez has been in jail since March 2, when Santa Maria police arrested him for assault likely to cause great bodily injury and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. His bail is set at $30,000.

In SLO County Jail, Joseph Allen Baker, 27, of Nipomo charged at a sheriff’s correctional deputy Tuesday afternoon and punched the jail guard multiple times around the head and face, breaking his nose and orbital bone, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies rearrested Baker and charged him with assaulting a peace officer.

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