Arraignment postponed for elderly Arroyo Grande man accused of kidnapping baby

The arraignment for the Arroyo Grande man accused of kidnapping a six-month old girl has been postponed until Feb. 25, according to his lawyer.

Peter T. Hewitt initially was expected in court Tuesday, but his lawyer, Jeff Stein, said the date for the hearing was changed.

Hewitt, 82, posted $100,000 bail earlier this month and will be arraigned on charges of kidnapping, child endangerment and resisting arrest after police said he grabbed the keys from a woman who had been staying with him and drove away from the parking lot of a Grover Beach supermarket with her baby in his van.

The 34-year-old woman, Jennifer Kim, had been living with Hewitt. Stein said that Kim and Hewitt had some disagreement that had “nothing whatsoever to do with possession of the baby” and that Hewitt devoted assistance and care to the child.

Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey said that when police arrived, they kicked in a side garage door and found Hewitt sitting in the passenger side of his van holding the baby. Police returned the baby, unharmed, to the mother, and arrested Hewitt, who allegedly resisted their attempts to comply.

--Nick Wilson