Man who attacked Sikh clerk in Pismo Beach convicted
July 31, 2015
A San Luis Obispo County jury has convicted a 24-year-old man of two crimes stemming from an incident earlier this year in which he attacked a Sikh AM/PM clerk in Pismo Beach and ripped his turban off.
On Wednesday, the jury convicted Jacob Walton of robbery and misdemeanor elder abuse. Walton attacked a 66-year-old clerk with a metal bar on Feb. 22, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
Prior to the attack, Walton was asked to leave AM/PM market because he had no money to purchase the items he selected. After exiting the store, Walton struck the clerk with the metal bar, injuring the man.
Walton also forcefully removed the clerk’s Sikh head gear, which is known as a patka. Walton handed the patka to an accomplice, who used it to cover the rear license plate of their car before they fled the crime scene.
Judge Jacqueline Duffy is scheduled to sentence Walton on Sept. 14. Walton is currently out of jail on bail pending sentencing.