Three SLO County men arrested for attempted murder

April 16, 2015
Scott Penner

Scott Penner

Thomas Yanaga

Thomas Yanaga

Three men from San Luis Obispo County were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder after a dispute in Hanford over a motorcycle erupted in gunfire, with one man shot in the abdomen.

Lemoore police officers arrested Thomas Yanaga, 53, of Paso Robles; Benjamin Walter Ramage, 33, of Morro Bay and Scott William Penner, 33, of Templeton for attempted murder. A week earlier, Yanaga had been released from the San Luis Obispo County Jail on a $1 million bail. Yanaga is currently on trial for the alleged murder of Marshall Savoy of Atascadero.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Kings County deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired. Upon arrival, the deputies found a man with gunshot wounds to his abdomen. The victim underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Benjamin Ramage

Benjamin Ramage

Witnesses told deputies that two men got out of a white pickup truck and said they had purchased a motorcycle parked outside the home earlier in the day and were there to pick it up. After they were informed the motorcycle had not been sold to anyone, an argument ensued.

The currently unidentified victim then walked out of the Hanford home and was shot multiple times in the abdomen.

Ramage and Penner allegedly fled the scene in a truck owned and driven by Yanaga.

Lemoore police spotted the suspect truck and arrested Yanaga, Penner and Ramage. Officers found three handguns in the vehicle including a 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, the sheriff’s department said.

Deputies  booked Penner and Ramage  into the Kings County Jail on pending charges of being felons in possession of a firearm and attempted murder.

Deputies arrested Yanaga for attempted murder, for participating in a street gang, for committing a new offense while on bail and for having a new felony.

Yanaga is due back in a San Luis  Obispo County courtroom next week about his alleged murder of Savoy.


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24 Comments

  1. justbeware says:

    Nothing says dirtbag like a couple of tattoos on your head.

    (5) 5 Total Votes - 5 up - 0 down
  2. hijinks2 says:

    Soon these characters will be working for the City of San Luis Obispo Utilities. Watch for them in the field.

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  3. smiley says:

    Guys that look like these three should be stopped and rousted every time a cop sees them! Where to they get the balls to run around with firearms when they are convicted felons? We all better start carrying. Filing criminal charges and collecting bail money wont keep us safe from the likes of these

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    • r0y says:

      YIKES! Is that really what you think? Let’s have cops stop and rouse people based solely on their looks? Tell me you did not just advocate for that.

      (-4) 8 Total Votes - 2 up - 6 down
  4. Downtown Bob says:

    As a viewer of many mugshots, the guys have eyes that are dead. Yanaha is proud of himself, the other look as if they have had a life of bullying and being bullied. Sad sacks for sure, but no repairing the broken.

    (6) 10 Total Votes - 8 up - 2 down

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