Elderly man allegedly assaulted in Mission Plaza

March 6, 2019

A bruise on Dane Senser’s back from the altercation


A 66-year-old man was transported to the hospital after a run-in with two men moving furniture for a local shop in San Luis Obispo, who claim the injured man was the instigator. [Cal Coast Times]

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, two men working for the Celadon House were driving a truck through Mission Plaza when they came close to hitting Dane Senser, who was drinking a cup of coffee in the park. Senser yelled at the men to slow down while driving in the park.

It is at this point that the men’s stories conflict about what happened next.

Senser says the driver of the truck, who appeared to be in his late twenties, walked over and punched him in the face. The passenger also began swinging at Senser. The driver then shoved Senser into a railing and a wooden fence, Senser said.

“My coffee hit the ground, my glasses flew off, and my phone flew into the creek,” Senser said.

While Senser lay on the ground yelling for someone to call 911, the two younger men took off.

Kelli Thorton, the co-owner of the Celadon House and one the mother of one of the men, came out of the shop and spoke to the responding officer before the officer assisted Senser, who was still lying on the ground, Senser said.

“The officer thought I was a man named Nick Pronto, who they have had trouble with in the past,” Senser said. “Even if I was Nick Pronto, they should have checked on me before speaking with the guy’s mother, who was not a witness.”

During the altercation, Senser lost a capped tooth and injured his back and abdomen. He was transported by ambulance to French Hospital Medical Center. The younger men were not injured.

The city has multiple cameras in Mission Plaza, but the police department is not currently releasing the video because of the ongoing investigation.

“They can say what they want, the video will show what really happened,” Senser said.

On the other side, Thorton said Senser started the physical altercation. Because of these types of issues at Mission Plaza, she decided to close her store, Thornton said.

“The kids are the victims,” Thornton said. “The officer told me the man displayed unstable behavior at City Council and that there is no clear shot in the video. The officer told my son, ‘there is nothing to worry about.’ ”

SLO Police Capt. Chris Stayley would not comment on the altercation because of the ongoing investigation.

“The case involving Dane Senser is an active investigation that will go to the DA’s office for review,” Stayley said. “We are not able to discuss any of the details of this case at this time.”

Senser is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who captured video of the altercation. He can be reached at 805-930-7573.

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I’m 72 and still like to fight. Stayed in shape so I dont have to take crap off punks. Getting old ain’t for sissies

It is hard to know what really happened because the news media really doesn’t know what happened. And even if they did know what really happened, the news media would probably twist and spin it to fit their agenda. Summary….it is hard to trust in anything the media says anymore, and these kinds of stories have to be taken with a grain of salt.

All you need to know in order to feel the right way about whatever happened:


young male adults. (probably Caucasian)


Picture of a bruise

The media (not CCN, but the national outlets….all of them) have conditioned us to believe that young white kids are dangerous and that elderly people are innocent, homeless people are virtuous and that bruises are evidence of the above. Like Jussie Smollet.

Think I’m mis-overreacting? Look at some of the comments below!

This is a great way to get a quick settlement from a business owner’s insurance. I mean…..that guy was bruised so bad his bruise looks days old even though it was fresh from that day!

That looks like he was kicked.

Two young men vs. One 66-year-old man is hardly a fair fight and those two young men should have walked away. Mama needs to have a talk with her son. I can see her getting sued over this.

This story and the comments are a great micro-study on how media can manipulate opinion.

First of all, that bruise is days old. Second, who says the “boys” didn’t try to walk away first? Who says they were attacked, defended themselves and then the “victim” showed the bruise he already had as evidence of a beating?

Who’s to say this man didn’t attack first, in an unprovoked manner?

None of us know what happened, but it’s interesting the people assume guilt based on a picture and the “elderly” label.

Bottom line, we’re pretty damned easy to manipulate.

Can anyone say “Jussie”

Two young, buff furniture movers against one 66-year-old, wow! The bruise, they left the scene, even without a video it is clear this man was beaten.

Too many questions… no conclusions

Elderly? C’mon!

66 is elderly?…I’m very depressed now….

HaHa! I know! I’m 63 and didn’t know how close I was to dying of old age!

This is a true reflection of how many of our youth are wired these days. Just punch someone if you don’t like what they’re saying. I can’t think of too many reasons for me to swing on an old man even if the crotchety old guy deserved a poke in the nose.

There’s always two sides to these things but, walking away should have been their first choice.