Grover Beach man to be tried in alleged carjacking of Cal Poly student

Sufficient evidence was presented today to proceed with charges relating to a carjacking against a 23-year-old Grover Beach man, Judge John Trice ruled.

Ryan Joseph Soqui was in court for a preliminary hearing for an alleged carjacking at gunpoint that took place Nov. 4 in San Luis Obispo.

Soqui has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, carjacking and robbery allegedly committed against Cal Poly student Yi Tak Choi as she was on her way to study at the campus library.

Choi, 23, testified that Soqui knocked on the window of her 2000 Audi, then when she rolled it down to see what he wanted, jumped in the passenger seat and pointed a gun at her. He covered his nose and mouth with a yellow scarf and ordered her to drive south on Highway 101, eventually taking control of the car and driving it to Wells Fargo Bank on Foothill Boulevard.

Choi testified that Soqui pointed the gun at her and said, “Don’t do anything stupid or else” and threatened to kill her.

Defense attorney Joseph Lax asked her if she knew if the gun was fake, and Choi said that later police informed her that it was, but she didn’t know it at the time.