Man who socked SLO clerk heading to ASH
January 2, 2015
An Arizona man who punched a female clerk in the face at a Downtown San Luis Obispo store in November will spend at least the next three months in Atascadero State Hospital.
On Nov. 13, San Luis Obispo police arrested 21-year-old Justin Pard twice. They first arrested him for carrying a dirk or dagger and for assaulting the female clerk, who was working in the Flip Flop Shop on Higuera Street.
Later in the day, after being released from jail, Pard allegedly harassed customers at Black Horse Espresso on Foothill Boulevard. Shortly after, police found him sleeping on the property of a nearby church and arrested him for trespassing.
In December, a San Luis Obispo judge found Pard mentally incompetent. Pard’s attorney, Patricia Ashbaugh, requested that he receive treatment on an outpatient basis.
But, on Wednesday, a judge ruled that Pard must receive treatment at ASH, where he will remain at least until early April.
Pard is scheduled to appear in court again on April 6. A judge will then determine whether he needs more treatment or he can resume his criminal case.