Avila assault suspect is a registered sex offender
February 10, 2010
A man recently accused of slicing the throat of a man at a bar in Avila Beach is a Megan’s List sex offender as the result of convictions for “continuous sexual abuse of a child.” He was charged with attempted murder on Feb. 5 and is scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10.
Late Friday night, Atascadero resident Michael Simmons, 43, was observed arguing with Pismo Beach resident David Stratton over politics at Mr. Rick’s. Stratton then placed his hand on Simmons shoulder and said “You ain’t nothing,” according to eyewitnesses.
Simmons responded by moving closer to Stratton and slicing his neck with a prison-like shank, a knife-like weapon wrapped in tape. He then slipped the weapon to his wife, Janet Simmons, 50, witnesses said.
Following the incident, the couple calmly sat down and Michael Simmons told the bartender that “nothing happened,” according to witnesses. They remained at the bar, sipping their drinks, until sheriff’s deputies arrived.
“He was totally calm like nothing had happened,” one eyewitness who asked to remain unnamed said. “Stratton let go of his neck and the skin just flopped down. Doctors put in 300 stitches.”
Michael and Janet Simmons were arrested and charged with attempted murder. Jane Simmons, a Diablo PG&E steam generator project external communications worker, is also charged with conspiracy and public drunkenness.
They remain in San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $500,000 each.