Prominent SLO County developer arrested on assault charges

November 28, 2015
Ryan Petetit

Ryan Petetit


Arroyo Grande police arrested a prominent local developer on Thanksgiving day in connection with an assault that allegedly caused serious bodily injury to a girlfriend, they said.

Ryan Petetit, 28, is a principal in PB Companies, a real estate investment and development firm currently under fire for not paying subcontractors and for operating without the proper permits. In the past few years, Petetit and his partner John Belsher, 61, have been in court over multiple financial controversies including breach of contract and not paying fines for building violations.

On Nov. 22, a physician at a hospital called police to report a patient with injuries consistent with domestic violence. Officers spoke with the patient who identified Petetit as her assailant, but were unable to arrest Petetit until Thanksgiving, police said.

On Nov. 26, officers arrested Petetit on charges of felony false imprisonment, felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of disabling a wireless device. A bails bondsmen was waiting at the jail to post Petetit’s bond when the officers brought him in, police said.

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.

Since PB Companies was founded in 2012, prosecutors have charged Petetit with five misdemeanors. One of the misdemeanors also dealt with abuse of a domestic partner.

In 2013, Petetit was arrested on a corporal injury on a spouse charge. A court granted his alleged victim a protective order that expires in 2016, according to court records.

PB Companies is involved in more than a dozen development projects, several of which San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill has actively promoted. Hill, who is tied to PB Companies through San Luis Consulting, has lobbied the city of San Luis Obispo to approve land use changes PB Companies has requested.

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.

Belsher and Petetit have secured money from banks, hard-money lenders and private investors to purchase properties and pay for construction, according to county records. In some cases, investors have been promised rates of return between 20 to 50 percent, according to an email from Petetit to a potential investor.

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Too big for his britches hot headed punk! At some point it’s time to grow up and be a MAN!

What’s up with men who think it’s ok to beat a woman?

Wondering if Belaher will kick in for the defense attorney…



Pucker up, you will now get your just reward. Maybe you and Jared can share a cell. I hear you were a fine catcher at one time and now you will put that skill to work in PRISON where you belong. Let’s see, early am wake-up from bubba, afternoon smoke, or will that be smokes for you, afternoon shower play, then settle into your bunk for a round from the boys – one after another. There is no protecting him now Belsher.


Something’s not right with that boy

what the

What the…?


This guy is a real sweetheart: 5 charges in 3 years? Anyone who invests money with this loose cannon should have their head examined. Be interesting to see what an audit turns up.

Karen, you are to be commended for going 8 paragraphs before mentioning the other bully, Mr. Hill…..


I wonder who arranged for the bondsman to be present at the arrest.

I have previously had some distant respect for Belsher, but that is eroding as all this shit comes to light.


John Belsher is a bully. No question.


his defense as masterminded by adam shill…..”i was moving furniture around and she just happened to get in the way”

Mr. Holly

Shouldn’t Be a problem when Adam Hill steps up as a character witness.

Could the wagons possibly be circling?


Birds of a feather………..


Beat their women and threaten their opponents together.


First Hill threatens Carpenter, and now Petetit beats his girlfriend. It’s time to put an end to these bullying thugs who in the absence of any morals or social graces, continue their corruption spree.

Stick a fork in it boys…you are done!

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