SLO man beaten and kicked by strangers
December 13, 2009
Philip Hauser, a 26 year old San Luis Obispo man, was walking along the railroad tracks near the intersection of Phillips and Pepper Street Sunday at 5 a.m. when he encountered a pair of transients from Arizona.
Hauser engaged in conversation with Jeffery Berrett, 25, and Meghan Gross, 23, before the pair began an unprovoked attack. They began beating and kicking Hauser while their black mid-sized dog repeatedly bit him. After they finished assaulting Hauser, Berrett and Gross went though his pockets, taking his wallet and cell phone.
With his nose broken and cuts, bruises and bites over his entire body, Hauser crawled up a hill and summoned help. Police discovered Berrett and Gross, coated in a “large quantity of blood,” nearby the alleged assault.
According to police, there is no evidence the alleged attackers were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“It was random and unprovoked,” said San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh, commenting on the third alleged random act of violence in less than three months in San Luis Obispo.
While Berrett has admitted to the assault and robbery, Gross has not. Both were charged with assault and robbery and booked into county jail with bail set at $30,000.
Hauser was treated at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and released approximately seven hours later.