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Witness talks about homeless man getting attacked for his dog in Grover Beach

Witness talks about homeless man...

GROVER BEACH, Calif. - Two people were arrested after police say they assaulted a man and stole his dog in Grover Beach.

"He was just like oh my dog, oh my dog," witness Julio Raygada said. 

An unassuming bus stop bench became a crime scene Wednesday afternoon in Grover Beach.

"Almost daily you can see him, you can see him walk up and down with his dog," Raygada said. 

Julio Raygada is talking about a 48-year-old homeless man.

"Yea you know I just heard some commotion," Raygada said.   

Grover Beach Police say that commotion was that homeless man - first getting attacked while waiting at the bus stop bench - and then getting his dog stolen by 22-year-old Daniel Christonson and 31-year-old Elizabeth Owens, both of Arroyo Grande.

Raygada works next door to this Chevron Gas Station, just feet from the bus stop. 

"A lot of yelling going back and forth, he was saying they stole his dog and so I walked into Chevron and he walked in behind me and asked the lady to call 9-1-1," Raygada said. 

At around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to the 1200 block of Grande Avenue for a report of a robbery and assault.

Officers determined that a 48-year-old man was sitting at a bus stop with his dog when he was confronted by a woman.

The woman attempted to steal the dog. Another man joined up with the woman and began beating the victim. The victim was knocked onto the ground and punched and kicked in the body and head.

The two suspects fled the area in a green GMC SUV.

Thursday at around 2:35 p.m., an officer on patrol located the SUV driving on Grand Avenue and conducted a traffic stop.

The officer determined that the two suspects and the stolen dog were inside the SUV. The two suspects were detained and transported to the Grover Beach Police Department.

They have been identified as Daniel Sterling Christonson, 22, of Arroyo Grande and Elizabeth Renee Owens, 31, also of Arroyo Grande.

The victim was later reunited with his dog.

Christonson and Owens were booked into the San Luis Obispo County jail and could face charges for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Anyone with any information about the investigation is asked to contact Detective Brad Carey of the Grover Beach Police Department at (805) 473-4511. 


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