Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon
–On Monday at approximately 10:34 a.m. the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from an adult female victim, who advised that she had just been assaulted by her boyfriend, according to a police report.
Officers were dispatched and met with the victim who reported that she and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Alex Alejandro Lopez, were sitting in her vehicle outside of his parents’ home on the 1300 block of Oleander in Paso Robles.
They got into a verbal argument about returning to their home in Red Bluff, CA. During the argument, Lopez punched the victim in the jaw with a closed fist, the report says. The victim had visible injuries consistent with being struck in the jaw. Lopez then got out of the vehicle and attempted to disable the vehicle by removing items from the engine compartment, the report says.
The victim was able to start the vehicle and drive to a safe area and call the police. The victim reported hearing a gunshot coming from the area after she had left and told officers that Lopez had a shotgun at the residence.
She also reported that approximately one week earlier Lopez had loaded the shotgun and pointed it at her during another argument and pulled the trigger but the weapon did not fire.
Police officers established a perimeter around the residence and observed Lopez walking away a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident. Lopez was unarmed when he was arrested.
Officers obtained permission to search the residence and located a 12-gauge shotgun in the residence and seized it as evidence. There was no evidence found that Lopez had fired the weapon.
Lopez was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, inflicting corporal injury to a spouse, a felony, and terrorist threats, a felony.
The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries and released.