Private security guard Evan Aldape was assaulted in downtown San Luis Obispo on Monday by a man on Marsh Street.
Aldape, hired by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, saw Rodney Mathieson urinating on a bank wall at 3:20 p.m. and advised him use a restroom.
According to the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, witnesses said Mathieson threatened and then approached Aldape, making physical contact with him.
Aldape wrestled the man to the ground and sustained a minor back injury in the process. Bystanders intervened and helped Aldape restrain Mathieson, who witnesses say appeared intoxicated.
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Police arrested Mathieson, 47, for alleged assault. Aldape was expected to return to work Wednesday.
The Downtown Association also noted another incident where a businesswoman reported walking along Higuera Street and seeing a Mason jar, wrapped with a cord, falling from above and hanging near her face.
Looking up, she saw two men in a tree who were panhandling with the jar, which was hanging from a long rope. Downtown security was called and the men left the area.
The Downtown Association has hired In House Security to provide guards in the area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.