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Three San Luis Obispo men arrested in Kings County for attempted murder

Three men from San Luis Obispo County — including one out on bail in a 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 from San Luis Obispo County in a homicide case.

Benjamin Walter Ramage, 33, and Scott William Penner, 33, were also arrested, 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. Three to four shots were fired.

The men got into the truck and started to drive away, but one witness tried to pull his vehicle in front of the pickup. The two collided, but the pickup was able to maneuver around the other vehicle and drove away.

The sheriff’s department broadcast a “be on the lookout” warning, and Lemoore police spotted the truck in the area of Highway 198 and Houston Avenue east of the city.

Police did a felony stop — which usually involves ordering suspects out of a vehicle and officers drawing their weapons — and arrested all three. Police found three handguns in the truck, which is owned by Yanaga, including a 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, the sheriff’s department said.

Kings County sheriff’s detectives took over the case.

The men were booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder. Penner and Ramage are also being held on pending charges of being felons in possession of a firearm, while Yanaga faces charges of committing a felony while out on bail.

Yanaga was out on bail involving the March 14 shooting death of Atascadero resident Marshall Chandler Savoy, 32, The Tribune newspaper in San Luis Obispo reported. He posted $1 million bail April 8.

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