The San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested a man who allegedly went on a mini crime spree on Monday.
According to SLOPD, they received 911 calls just after 7 p.m. on Monday regarding an attempted carjacking. The vehicle’s driver was a 20-year-old female victim who was parked in front of the Nautical Bean coffee shop in the Laguna Village Shopping Center.
According to the victim, she was able to lock her car doors as the suspect grabbed hold of the door handle and began trying to force his way into the vehicle.
The suspect made several attempts to break the driver’s window using his elbows, but was unsuccessful. After these attempts, the suspect fled into the coffee shop, the Nautical Bean, located at 11560 Los Osos Valley Road. The female victim was uninjured.
SLOPD continued receiving additional 911 calls relating to the same suspect. The calls reported a suspect entered the coffee shop and encountered a 22-year-old female employee who was attempting to close the store.
According to witnesses, the suspect immediately punched the female employee in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
Witnesses told police there had been no interaction between the suspect and the female employee prior to the assault. The victim received minor lacerations to her face.
After the suspect punched the victim in the face, he went to the counter of the coffee shop and attempted to lift the cash register. Being unable to lift the register, the suspect shoved the register off the counter.
A male employee, who saw the assault, grabbed a large kitchen knife from the back of the business in order to protect himself and his injured coworker. When the armed employee entered the front part of the business the suspect fled.
The same male employee followed the suspect and called 911. The dispatcher directed responding police officers to the suspect who was detained at the Madonna Road Post Office.
The suspect was identified as Albert Ramirez, 40, a SLO transient.
Ramirez was transported and booked at SLO County Jail. He was charged with second-degree burglary, battery and vandalism. His bail was set at $50,000.