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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Look who our county supervisor associates with and works for, unbelievable!


Belsher, what the F were you thinking? How embarrassing this should be for you… Luckily as an attorney you’ve built up a strong shame inoculation.


adam shill and arron ochs are fashioning petetit’s defense as petetit was moving furniture for a thanksgiving dinner and his girlfriend got in the way. a mere but unfortunate misunderstanding.

inside scoop about what the argument was about was petetit’s increasingly frequent stayovers with aaron ochs. girlfriend jealous and obviously not happy.


so if convicted and jail time is served, i wonder if aaron ochs will mind his down low relationship becoming public due to an irresistible urge for conjugal visits.

what the

Let me guess, Adam Hill’s cronyJames Wagstaffe, with Kerr Wagstaffe, is going to make a guest appearance and defend Petetit pro bono?


Adam Hill exhibits some of the same kind of aggressive, bullying behavior in public. Wonder how much it costs him to keep Dee quiet about his behavior in private?


Eww! Gotcha! Zing! ( as Sheldon would say!)


John Belsher might be a business partner but now he is also a partner in the courtroom. Get out while you can John, while you still have a little itegrity and moral compass left and don’t join the political/developer thugs of this County. Thought you were better than this!


Apple pie is GOOD! John Belsher is NOT!

Mike Byrd

This isn’t a comment, it’s a sincere question. Are Hill and Gibson the exceptions when they parlay their supervisors positions into business partnership opportunities or is this typical? Have others so benefited, past or present?


The relationship between former AG Mayor Ferrara and Nick Tompkins is another example of what many believe was a mutually beneficial one.

No doubt there are many others but most voters don’t have the stomach for what it takes to bring real change.


Both Nick Thompkins and Gary Grossman has the various city councils under their thumb. Its disgusting and I wish more residents would call the city council’s out on their bias.


Then there’s the new boy on SLO city council, Rivoire, who seems to be voting as if interviewing for his first real job in the for-profit private sector.


Who knew the “PB” in PB Companies stood for Painful Battery?


or “Psychotic Batterer”


Or punk b@stard