A homeless man was arrested Thursday in Santa Cruz after he allegedly attacked and fought a police officer with a rope that had metal spikes tied to the end, injuring the officer, police said today. A Santa Cruz police officer went to a investigate a report of a noise in an empty field the 200 block of Chico Avenue west of the Natural Bridges State Beach at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police.
The officer observed the suspect, Jamie Smith, a transient, standing behind a tree and ordered him to come out, police said. Smith then started running toward the officer while swinging a braided rope with four 8-inch metal spikes tied to the ends, the officer reported. The officer raised his arms to protect his face and Smith stuck his arm with the spikes, according to police. A fight ensued and Smith continued the attack until the officer was able to take Smith to the ground and hold him there until other officers arrived to help arrest him.
Police determined that Smith had set up an illegal campsite in the field. The officer was treated at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz for injuries to his left arm and released. Smith was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of battery on a police officer and resisting a police officer with force, according to police.
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