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Atascadero Police Department
Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 :: 05:35 p.m. PDT


Assault suspect walks onto 101 near Santa Barbara/Apprehended in the median. Traffic Delayed for 40 minutes.

November 4, 2010

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Subject Flees from Assault, Sheds Clothing then Impedes Traffic on 101 Freeway


Steve Gesell, Commander
Office: 805.470.3216
Mobile: 805.591.0647

Date/Type of Incident: 11/4/10 - Assault /Disturbance

Incident Location: 900 Blk of Calle Cynthia, Atascadero

Time: 4 p.m.

Suspect: 25 Year-Old Male/ Identity Withheld Due to Possible Mental Health Issues

Details: APD responded to the report of a male attacking a resident’s landscaper. The suspect fled prior to officers’ arrival. A second caller indicated the suspect was stuck in a fence running parallel to the 101 Freeway. Officers observed the subject strip the majority of his clothes off then walk onto the 101 freeway just north of the Santa Barbara on-ramp.

An off-duty CHP officer contacted the subject in an effort to remove him from the roadway. An APD Officer arrived and gave the combative subject commands while in the median of the freeway. A CHP sergeant arrived was able to approach from behind and tackle the man. Officers were able to handcuff the subject without injuring him. Medical personnel were requested to evaluate the subject due to the possibility of a pending drug overdose.

Preliminary investigation revealed the original assault victim was the subject’s co-worker. No prosecution was desired. Evidence also suggests the individual may have a mental condition that may have contributed to his abnormal behavior.

The incident resulted in moderate traffic delays S/B for approximately 40 minutes.
The man was transported to Twin Cities Hospital for evaluation.


Atascadero Police Department
5505 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-470-5050

900 Calle Cynthia
Atascadero, CA 93422

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