Man carjacked at gunpoint in Paso Robles

May 23, 2013
William Joseph Lee

William Joseph Lee

Paso Robles police arrested a man for carjacking another man at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Paso Robles police received a report of a stolen vehicle in the 3200 block of Spring Street. An adult male victim reported that two armed suspects, one holding a semi-automatic pistol and the other carrying a large knife, demanded he turn over the keys to his vehicle.

The alleged victim said he complied, and one of the suspects drove off in his vehicle while the other fled the area in another vehicle waiting nearby.

Officers located the victim’s vehicle a short distance away and found it had a missing stereo. Other belongings of the victim were also missing.

San Luis Obispo County probation officers in the area then located the vehicle in which one of the suspects fled. Two adult males and two adult females were in the vehicle.

The victim identified one of the men in the vehicle as the man who robbed him at gunpoint. Police arrested Paso Robles resident William Joseph Lee, 31, and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail for carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers also arrested one of the women in the vehicle, Paso Robles resident Nacowa Penner. They booked Penner, 33, in San Luis Obispo County Jail on a probation violation.

The officers detained the other two occupants of the vehicle, but released them without charges.

Police recovered the knife used in the carjacking, but not the gun. Several items belonging to the victim also remain missing. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

No injuries occurred during the carjacking.




  1. abigchocoholic says:

    Carjacking for a stereo?

    The stupidity of criminals is astounding.

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    This guy looks familiar…has his mug shot appeared previously in the media?

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  3. danika says:

    How close was this incident to the Uptown Park project?

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  4. bobfromsanluis says:

    Congratulations to the victim for keeping a cool head and not getting injured during the assault, and then being brave enough to identify his assailant. I hope your stuff is found, but at least you got your car back and didn’t get hurt.

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