Crime

Morro Bay police arrest one, searching for second suspect in July armed robbery

Lured victim through social media

MORRO BAY, Calif. - The Morro Bay Police Department is searching for a man who took part in a July armed robbery that took place in Morro Bay.

At around 9 a.m. in July, a man was robbed and assaulted by two men on the 3000 block of Ironwood Avenue. The two suspects lured the victim via social media with the goal of stealing marijuana from him.

When the man arrived at the location, one of the suspects -- later identified as 21-year-old Andrew Shane Quintana -- struck him in in the face with a handgun and demanded his property and keys.

The second suspect -- identified as 18-year-old Judal Emmanuel Thompson -- approached with a rifle. 

The suspect was able to get away on foot and watched as the suspects ransacked his vehicle, removed personal items and the marijuana and then fled the scene.

Morro Bay police interviewed witnesses, analyzed evidence and were able to able to identify Quintana and Thompson as the suspects. Authorities then obtained warrants for their arrest and search warrants for their residences.

On Wednesday, Thompson was arrested at his home on the 300 block of Mar Vista Drive in Los Osos. Thompson was arrested -- along with a 14-year-old girl -- just a few weeks ago in connection to a pair of burglaries in Morro Bay.

Thompson was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of armed robbery, assault with a weapon, conspiracy to commit a felony crime, and violation of probation.

A search warrant was served for Quintana on the 2400 block of Greenwood Avenue in Morro Bay but he was not located. His whereabout are still unclear.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest on charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and threatening/intimidating a witness. He could also face an additional charge for conspiracy.

Investigators have received additional information alleging that the two men may be responsible for other similar crimes in the area.

Anyone with information about Quintana or any crimes the two may be responsible should contact the Morro Bay Police Department at (805) 772-6225.


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