Two local men punched while protecting teen
April 2, 2012
San Luis Obispo police arrested a transient after he punched two men who came to the rescue of a 14-year-old girl the transient was harassing.
At about 12:30 p.m., Roy Jones approached the teen who was sitting on a bench near the Downtown Center talking on a cell phone. Jones then started yelling at the teen for no apparent reason.
Joseph Sheppard, 58, of Avila Beach notice the altercation and thought Jones was about to hit the teen, so he stepped in between the transient and the girl. Jones responded by punching Shepard in the face.
Michael Flores, 48, of San Luis Obispo spotted the skirmish and attempted to assist Sheppard. Jones then punched Flores in the chest.
Neither man sustained injuries.
Police arrested Jones on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.