Good Samaritans rescue an Oceano woman from violent assailant

July 22, 2016
Kenneth Eugene Groves

Kenneth Eugene Groves

While an Oceano woman’s 2-year-old son watched, a 55-year-old man grabbed the mother by the throat, punched her, forced her to the ground and held a knife to her throat.

At approximately 3 p.m. the Oceano woman returned to her home on the 1300 block of 23rd Street after taking a walk with her son. As the woman and her child walked through the backyard gate, she noticed a man in their yard

 Oceano resident Kenneth Eugene Groves responded by grabbing the woman by her throat and threatening to kill her, according to the sheriff’s office. Groves then struck the victim with his fist and forced her to the ground while she screamed for help.

Three men who were passing by in a vehicle heard the woman’s screams, jumped the fence into the backyard and found Groves holding a knife to the woman’s throat.

The men fought Groves and managed to restrain him until deputies arrived. Deputies arrested Groves and charged him with numerous offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats with intent to terrorize and assault with great bodily injury and burglary.

Deputies booked Groves into the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.



  1. ruinitforeveryone says:

    Mother Mary and Joseph you people need to get out more. Sounds like ZOMG, the sky is falling….lol.
    The town i grew up in makes Santa Maria look like a resort town so take a reality check. Go find a park down the street and turn off the news/internet.Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

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  2. 805code4 says:

    Looks like he got his bell ring hard! Good job citizens and good job law enforcement! That’s teamwork!

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  3. almostgone says:

    Bet he was praying for a right looks like the left hand wore him out!

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  4. GrayGranny2010 says:

    I would like to applaud the three individuals who took a chance and got involved. There is no way to know what this perpetrator’s intentions were but I’d say this victim is fortunate that there were people in her community who cared enough to take a chance and do the right thing.

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  5. ConfedOfDunces says:

    Looks like justice, in in the purest form, was served. Now we pay as the system takes over.

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  6. Rich in MB says:

    I’ll bet money he was a 3-Striker that the left let out of Prison….any takers?

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