Paso Robles murder suspect involved in shooting over motorcycle, authorities say

Thomas Nolan Yanaga
Thomas Nolan Yanaga Kings County Sheriff's Department

Three men from San Luis Obispo County — including one out on bail in a Paso Robles murder case — are in the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder after a dispute about a motorcycle erupted in gunfire, sending a man to the hospital.

One of the arrested men, Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, was out on bail in a case involving the March 14 fatal shooting of Atascadero resident Marshall Chandler Savoy, 32, at Yanaga’s home in Paso Robles. Yanaga posted $1 million bail April 8.

Also arrested on Wednesday were Benjamin Walter Ramage, 33, and Scott William Penner, 33, the Kings County Sheriff’s Department said.

About 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Kings County deputies went to a home in the 5800 block of East Lacey Boulevard, in a county area next to Hanford, to check on a report of gunshots.

A witness told deputies his brother had been shot and deputies found the victim with gunshot wounds to his abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital, had emergency surgery and is expected to recover.

Witnesses told deputies that a newer model white four-wheel-drive pickup was parked in front of the home, and two men got out and walked toward a motorcycle owned by one of the witnesses.

The men said they had bought the motorcycle earlier in the day and were there to pick up it up. The witness informed them the motorcycle had not been sold to anyone and an argument started.

A man identified as a Hispanic male adult, but whose name was not released, walked out of the home and was shot in the abdomen by one of the suspects, the Sheriff’s Department said. Read more at »