Crime

Alleged Grover Beach scooter thief threatens RV park employee with knife

Isaac Joseph Ponce, 22, of Grover Beach was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, on suspicion of of attempted armed robbery, exhibiting a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, vehicle tampering and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Isaac Joseph Ponce, 22, of Grover Beach was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, on suspicion of of attempted armed robbery, exhibiting a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, vehicle tampering and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A Grover Beach man faces a host of felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly stealing a motorized scooter Tuesday morning and later threatening an employee of the Coastal Dunes Recreational Vehicle Park with a knife.

At about 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, a resident reported his 2006 Yamaha motor scooter stolen. About two hours later, park rangers from the Coastal Dunes Recreational Vehicle Park reported seeing two men dismantling a scooter along the railroad tracks by the park. Both men were gone by the time officers arrived, according to Grover Beach police.

One of the men was later identified as 22-year-old Isaac Joseph Ponce. Ponce allegedly ran to the RV park and threatened an employee with a large knife and demanded the employee’s cell phone. The employee did not hand over the phone.

He then fled the park on a bicycle and was confronted by officers, who allegedly found him in possession of burglary tools, the knife used in the attempted robbery, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of attempted armed robbery, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and vehicle theft, all felonies; as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, vehicle theft, vehicle tampering and possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The second man has been identified, but police are not releasing his identity pending further investigation.

As of Thursday morning, Ponce was no longer listed as in custody at the jail and his bail information was not available.

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