The Paso Robles Police arrested a man early Thursday, October 8 for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping his girlfriend. According to PRPD, officers were dispatched around 12:30 a.m. to the 1100 block of Black Oak Drive regarding a report of a woman screaming from a car.
At the time, officers did not locate a suspect or victim, but were then called to a single-car collision scene on Highway 46 near the 24th Street and 101 Freeway interchange, where a vehicle had collided with a freeway barrier.
Investigators discovered a female victim, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, who had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Jose Ayala-Martinez, 26 of San Miguel. The assault occurred in a restaurant parking lot near the 1300 block of 24th Street.
According to a witness, Martinez assaulted his girlfriend and then forced her into his car. The witness also watched as the victim escaped the car as it began driving away. The witness told police he attempted to help the victim by picking her up and driving away in his own car.
But Martinez then used his own vehicle to ram the man’s car, which now held the female victim. Another uninvolved vehicle, which was passing through the area, was also allegedly struck by Martinez.
The witness and victim attempted to flee the area with the suspect in pursuit of them. Investigators claim Martinez eventually crashed into a barrier, and his car became disabled. Martinez was injured as a result of the collision.
The victim and Good Samaritan witnesses were evaluated at a local hospital as a precautionary measure and released. Martinez was transported to San Luis Obispo County Jail after receiving hospital treatment for his injuries. He was then charged with assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle), kidnapping, false imprisonment, spousal abuse and a probation violation.