Good Samaritans rescue an Oceano woman from violent assailant
July 22, 2016
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.