Crime

Good Samaritan rescues woman trying to escape attack, police say

Jose Ayala Martinez, 26, of San Miguel was arrested Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, spousal abuse and a probation violation. Original story »
Jose Ayala Martinez, 26, of San Miguel was arrested Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, spousal abuse and a probation violation. Original story »

A Good Samaritan came to the aid of a woman fleeing her boyfriend in a Paso Robles parking lot, picking her up in his car and escaping the allegedly abusive boyfriend, who followed in pursuit and crashed his car before being arrested.

Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, the woman was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend, 26-year-old Jose Ayala Martinez of San Miguel, in a restaurant parking lot near the 1300 block of 24th Street.

The Paso Robles Police Department said in a news release that a witness reported seeing the woman forced into the car and then escape when Martinez began driving away. The witness swooped up the woman in his own car and was soon pursued by Martinez, who allegedly rammed the witnesses’ car, which now also contained the victim, as well as an uninvolved vehicle passing by.

Martinez allegedly crashed his car into a barrier on Highway 46 East north of 24th Street. He suffered minor injuries in the crash and was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, spousal abuse and a probation violation after receiving treatment at a local hospital.

As of late Thursday morning, Ayala Martinez remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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