Carjacking leads to two arrests
Man carjacked on Spring by two armed suspects
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at approximately 9:15PM Paso Robles police officers were dispatched to the area of the 3200 block of Spring Street after receiving a report of a stolen vehicle.
The adult male victim reported he was completing some errands and when he returned to his vehicle, he was confronted by two armed suspects who demanded he turn over the keys to the vehicle. The victim complied with the demands and one of the suspects drove off in his vehicle while the other suspect got into another vehicle waiting nearby and fled the area.
The first suspect was described as a white male adult wearing a bandana covering the lower part of his face. This suspect was armed with a small semi-automatic pistol. The other suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult armed with a large knife.
Officers searched the area and located the victim’s vehicle abandoned a short distance away. The stereo had been removed along with some of the victim’s personal property.
Based on descriptions of the suspects and vehicle provided by the victim, the other vehicle associated with the suspects was located by SLO County Probation Officers who were in the area. This vehicle was located at a service station on Spring Street at 24th Street. The vehicle was occupied by two adult males and two adult females.
The victim positively identified one of the male subjects as the person who had robbed him at gunpoint. This suspect was identified as 31 year old Paso Robles resident William Joseph Lee. He was arrested without incident and later booked into the SLO County Jail for carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon. One of the female subjects was arrested for a probation violation and later booked into the SLO County Jail on this hold. She was identified as 33 year old Paso Robles resident Nacowa Penner. The other two occupants of the vehicle were detained and ultimately released without charges.
The knife used in this robbery, along with other evidence linking this suspect to the crime was located in the vehicle. Also, several items of the victim’s personal property were recovered and turned over to the victim. The gun used by the suspects was not recovered. The victim was not injured during this event.
The investigation into this crime is ongoing. Persons with information about this crime are encouraged to contact the PRPD with information. Those wishing to remain anonymous who have information about this crime, or other crimes, are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers 24- hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)