John Charles Ensor, 48, was arrested at gunpoint by Pacific Grove Police officers on Aug. 12, 2020 after they say he made threats, yelled racial slurs and threw an aluminum baseball bat at a vehicle and a beer can at another. The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office charged Ensor with a litany of crimes, including a hate crime, assault by means to produce great bodily injury, criminal threats and exhibiting a deadly weapon.
A mental health evaluation was filed, but Butler has not yet ruled on whether or not he is competent to stand trial. Ensor tried to get Jefferson, his taxpayer-funded attorney, fired from his case at the Dec. 4 hearing.
Pacific Grove police responded in force Wednesday afternoon to pull over and arrest at gunpoint an Avila Beach man they say made threats, yelled racial slurs and hurled things at other motorists, including an aluminum baseball bat and a beer can.
Officers responded to a noon call about a driver on the 300 block of Lighthouse Avenue who was waving a bat and yelling slurs. Police then received a second call that the man was yelling and had thrown a bat at a driver on the 300 block of Junipero Avenue.
Officers spotted the vehicle on Lighthouse Avenue near 19th and conducted a “high risk traffic stop” of the driver, later identified as John Charles Ensor, 48, from Avila Beach.
Witnesses, police said, positively identified Ensor, who was taken to Monterey County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence with a prior DUI, open container of alcohol, exhibiting a deadly weapon, felony hate crime, and committing a felony while on bail, which the jail said carries $30,000 bail. A dog in his van was taken by the Pacific Grove animal control officer. Police administrative services manager Jocelyn Francis said Ensor was on bail for evading arrest.