Man accused of attempted kidnapping, assault in SLO

June 1, 2022

William Francis


San Luis Obispo police officers arrested a 34-year-old man on Tuesday morning on charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and public intoxication, according to police.

At about 9:30 a.m., a citizen observed William Francis acting aggressive towards a woman downtown and attempting to grab her in a crosswalk. The concerned citizen intervened, giving the woman the opportunity to get away by jumping into the car of a passing motorist who was also concerned for her safety.

With the citizen tailing him, Francis physically harassed people in Mission Plaza. The citizen intervened and fought with Francis until officers arrived.

Francis assaulted officers but did not injure them.

Officers arrested Frances on charges of attempted kidnapping, assault on an officer and public intoxication and booked him in the SLO County Jail — with his bail was set at $500,000.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact  officer Perlette or Francis at (805) 594-8029 and reference case 220531032.

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He made an similar aggressive approach to a friend of mine Sunday saying he had no place to sleep and demanding to go home with her. She did not call the police because it was pointless. First they don’t care, “tell me something I don’t know”, and second they are not legally able to do anything. The person becomes further enabled until this happens. I’m sure the homeless advocates will decry the vigilante citizens who intervened. We must acquiesce to the homeless and give them everything they demand.

Kudos to concerned citizens for intervening and more until police arrived.

Rising crime shrinking economy…. When will enough be enough?….

Never, until it gets so bad the tourist dollars stop coming, the only thing the City of SLO cares about. We know they do not care about the residents of the city, yes that’s you Johnson and Condron.