Arizona transients beat SLO man bloody, rob him, police allege

Jeffrey Berrett
Jeffrey Berrett Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo Police Department

Police say two transients from Arizona beat and robbed a San Luis Obispo man early Sunday morning along the railroad tracks in the northeast area of the city.

About 5 a.m., Jeffrey Berrett, 25 and Meghan Britnie Gross, 23, and their dog, attacked Phillip A. Hauser, 26 along the tracks adjacent to Phillips Lane and Pepper Street, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Hauser was reportedly walking home from a nearby friend’s house when he encountered the pair and talked to them for a short time before the alleged attack.

Berrett and Gross allegedly beat Hauser with a bottle and a piece of wood. They then took his cell phone and wallet, police allege.

Hauser crawled up a hill to a nearby residence, where he summoned help, according to police.

Officers found Hauser and Gross nearby, and found they had blood believed to be Hauser’s on their hands, boots and clothing, police said.

The two were arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, and are being held in County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail each.

Hauser was treated for cuts, bruises and dog bites over his entire body, as well as a broken nose, at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, according to police. He was released about seven hours later.