More details emerge in developer assault case

November 30, 2015
Ryan Petetit

Ryan Petetit


An alleged violent assault on the girlfriend of a prominent San Luis Obispo County developer included smashing the victim’s head through a window and holding her in a closet against her will, sources said. More details emerged Monday as to what occurred during the Nov. 22 domestic violence incident that sent a 23-year-old woman to the hospital and 28-year-old Ryan Petetit to jail.

Petetit is a principal in PB Companies, a real estate investment and development firm currently embroiled in multiple legal actions for allegedly not paying contractors or following building laws. In the past four years, since Petetit co-founded PB Companies with John Belsher, Petetit has been charged with three felonies and six misdemeanors including multiple charges related to domestic violence, several for writing bad checks and one for drunk in public.

On the evening of Nov. 22, a verbal argument ensued between Petetit and his girlfriend at a home they shared in Arroyo Grande.

The argument turned physical with Petetit allegedly pushing the victim and yelling, sources said. Petetit then allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat and began choking her. He then dragged her to her feet and shoved her head through a bathroom window, shattering the glass.

The victim attempted to escape, but Petetit allegedly took her phone and pushed her into a closet, refusing to release her, sources said.

While the victim fought to free herself, Petetit allegedly slammed her head into the tile floor, knocking the victim unconscious, sources said.

When she awoke, the victim fled to a family member’s home, who took her to a hospital. As required by law, the attending physician called police to report a patient with injuries consistent with domestic violence. The victim identified Petetit as her assailant.

On Thanksgiving, officers arrested Petetit at a family member’s home in Pismo Beach on charges of felony false imprisonment, felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of disabling a wireless device.

Petetit quickly posted $50,000 bail and was released from custody. Officers then contacted a judge who signed an emergency protective order to help safeguard the woman from further abuse.

PB Companies is currently moving forward on several large commercial, mixed-use and residential projects including two subdivisions in Templeton, a mixed-use project at the corner of Marsh and Nipomo streets in San Luis Obispo and an assisted-living facility in Arroyo Grande.

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Thank you girl1122 for your story. Please stay strong and understand that in pursuing justice against this horrible creature that you are ultimately saving someone else. It is obvious to all that truly know you and Ryan that he is a bully and abuser and you were caught in a bad situation with evil.

You are known as a good, honest person. Stay strong , do the right thing and please know that you are respected and loved . Good luck

When you step back and look at this character and his known associates: John Belsher, Adam Hill, Aaron Oachs, Erin Dasmann, Marty Mohamed, Katie Lichtig, Kelly Gearhart and Simon Lowrie there is no surprise that he is always front and center in the spot light.

He is a predator throughout. He preys upon subcontractors, sub-consultants, investors, beats up women and worse according to the articles on this website and the Congleton Show. What amazes so many is that his projects continue to get pushed through by City and County representatives despite significant issues. In fact, the word on the town is that he has several building officials, building inspectors, community development directors and public works inspectors on the take. Hard to imagine that in SLOTown USA, the Happiest Place on Earth one would find this kind of corruption, but based upon the highlights of calcoastnews there are corrupt public works inspectors at the City of San Luis Obispo, corrupt officers, inept and corrupt utilities personnel who will look the other way to get some extra cash or a free riding mower that they can resell later. However, don’t worry upper management will protect them, just as long as they get a little taste or their cut. This is a repeat of Kelly Gearhart and his band of miscreants. Another fine example of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, reminds me of that other character who was an up and coming entrepreneur out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Scott Peterson) and murdered his wife (Lacy Peterson) and dumped her body in the Ocean.

The victim in this case had the backbone to stand up and say enough. Maybe she has just saved a life or two. Or the real question is where are the other bodies buried.

To be clear, no person deserves to be treated in the manner this disgusting human did to this woman. I believe under no circumstances do you ever hit a woman, just walk away. I know woman can bring on nasty situations, be anger, etc. but that is no excuse to have to ever hit, imprison, or abuse another person. Just walk away or take the consequences.

What I find appalling is that his partner, Attorney John Belsher, is going along with the scheme that was stepping away from PB Companies when actually Mr. Petetit is “on leave” and will step down “for an unspecified period of time”. The other business partner, a dentist, will do the day-to-day operations. And we all now that Adam Hill fits in here someway and at this point these are all low-lifes.

What a dirtbag. This guy was dating Lauren Ferrara last I checked…there’s a name you all know. Heard he kicked her to the curb as soon as daddy got ousted from AG…guess she wasn’t of any use to him anymore. Not sure if she’s involved in this or not but either way, she sure knows how to pick them. Quite the track record for both of them…karma.

If that’s true, she’s damn lucky daddy lost that election.

She could have been girl 1122.

Yup she dodged a bullet with that one. Daddy would have been making local news in a much different way if she was girl 1122 right now. Blessing in disguise when he lost his seat!