Injured Yuba City police officer identified
Officials identified the Yuba City police officer who was injured Saturday night while struggling with a suspected thief as Officer David Santanna.
Santanna suffered minor cuts to his arms and legs while subduing James Santiago Solis-Barboza, police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey said Tuesday.
Solis-Barboza, 45, was identified as one of two people suspected of snatching a purse around 9 p.m. from the employee break room at the 99-cent Only Store on Colusa Avenue.
No information regarding the second thief was available.
Pavey said Santanna spotted a man fitting the suspect's description, later identified as Solis-Barboza, a short time later in the 300 block of Woodbridge Avenue.
Solis-Barboza refused to stop when Santanna tried to speak with him and a chase ensued on foot, Pavey said.
Santanna chased Solis-Barboza to Central Street, near Dorman Avenue, where they got into the first of two scuffles. Solis-Barboza broke free and headed down Dorman toward Wilbur Avenue, but was quickly apprehended by the officer. At some point during the skirmish, the officer was injured and Solis-Barboza suffered a cut on his head, police said.
Santanna received medical care, but was not hospitalized.
Solis-Barboza was booked into the Sutter County Jail without bail on suspicion of receiving stolen property and resisting an officer. No courts dates have been set.
Santanna has been with the Yuba City Police Department since August 2007.
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