Man botches SLO carjacking, socks woman in the face
March 15, 2016
A 40-year-old man attempted to carjack a vehicle from a 20-year-old woman in San Luis Obispo Monday evening. After failing to do so, he entered a coffee shop, punched a 22-year-old woman in the face and attempted to steal the business’s cash register.
Just after 7 p.m., San Luis Obispo police began receiving calls about a man who tried to carjack a vehicle from a woman in the Laguna Village Shopping Center.
Transient Albert Ramirez grabbed the woman’s door handle and tried to force his way into the vehicle, according to a SLOPD news release. The woman locked the car just before Ramirez tried to open the door.
Ramirez then tried several times to break the driver’s window using his elbows. After failing to break into the car, he fled into the Nautical Bean where he approached a 22-year-old female employee who was trying to close the store. Ramirez immediately punched her in the face, causing her to fall on the ground.
The female employee suffered minor lacerations to her face.
Ramirez then tried to steal the cash register. He attempted to lift the register but failed. He then shoved the cash register off the counter.
While Ramirez was inside Nautical Bean, a male employee grabbed a large kitchen knife from the back of the coffee shop in order to protect himself and his injured coworker. Ramirez fled when the worker entered the front of the business with the knife.
The male employee then followed Ramirez and called 911. He relayed their location to the 911 dispatcher, and police officers located Ramirez.
Officers arrested Ramirez at the Madonna Road post office and charged him with attempted carjacking, assault, burglary and vandalism. Police booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he remains with bail set at $50,000.