Assailants rob and beat victims in Paso Robles

January 27, 2022

Efren Soto-Acuna and Andres Juniro Esquivel-Zavala


Paso Robles police on Wednesday arrested two alleged gang members who assaulted and robbed several people a week earlier.

On Jan. 14, a caller reported that several victims were assaulted on the 2800 block of Park Street. Officers determined suspects Efren Soto-Acuna, 18, and Andres Juniro Esquivel-Zavala, 21, struck one victim in the head before stealing his wallet. The assailants also struck another victim in the head causing serious injury.

The suspects then attacked a person trying to assist the victims.

The Paso Robles Police Department is not releasing additional details about the assault and robbery.

Officers booked Soto-Acuna in the SLO County Jail on charges of robbery with serious injury, battery, criminal conspiracy and participation in a street gang, in lieu of a $60,000 bail.

Esquivel-Zavala is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious injury, criminal conspiracy and participation in a street gang. He remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bail.

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Today Jason Rivera’s (officer killed in NY) wife spoke out at his funeral. She shamed the DA for not protecting Officers. His ‘hands off criminals’ policies have created an extremely dangerous environment for Officers and the Public. The Applause were deafening! Lets see how justice will play out for these 2. I agree 60k for violent crimes seems insane! Does it make sense to allow someone committing even one violent crime an opportunity to post bail at all?

Short answer, NO

$60,000 bail is a joke and an insult to the victims…they will be out before we all finish reading this story…the defendants will be back on the streets by paying 10% of the bond amount in cash. If the courts don’t tighten up and bring back an attitude of public safety first and punishment second people will begin to extract justice on their own…is that what the courts want to see?….

In looking at the in-custody details for Soto-Acuna and Esquivel-Zavala, the $60,000 and $25,000 are listed as “bond amount” — not “bail amount.”

Based on that, I’d expect the bail amount for the two to be $600,000 and $250,000 respectively.

They are violent offenders…they shouldn’t get bail at all…what if they kill someone next time?….

LA County Sheriff Villanueva has indicated he will be accelerating the review and approval of concealed carry (CCW) permits in his county as a result of the anti cop and the George Soros funded DA, who by the way is facing recall.

I wonder if Sheriff Parkinson and local police chiefs will follow suit. Remember, when just seconds count the cops are minutes away.

These bail amounts are a joke. Ten years ago those charges would’ve warranted bail set at $100,000 minimum.

Seems like a pretty light bail for almost killing someone while committing a robbery with gang enhancements.

I don’t always agree with you, but I’m with you on this one. “with a deadly weapon” should mean way the heck more than it does.

They better get a handle on it before it becomes the same as Santa Maria and Lompoc.

Dude, too late.