Mar 14, 2013 11:40 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Police praise alert bank employee following man's arrest

A man arrested Wednesday outside of a San Luis Obispo bank remained in County Jail on Thursday.

Police say Turner Newman, 20, of San Luis Obispo, was sitting in the empty parking lot of Heritage Oaks Bank at 6:30 Wednesday morning, when a bank employee arrived. Newman's presence made her nervous, so she called police.

"If she hadn't been paying attention to her surroundings, she certainly could have been a victim," said Captain Chris Staley of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Police say they found loaded guns in Newman's vehicle, along with extra ammunition, handcuffs, a large machete, zip ties, duct tape, and leg restraints.

"With those types of items, including the duct tape and the zip ties, to us it's an indication of either a motive of a robbery or possibly an assault or a rape on someone," said Capt. Staley. "We'll certainly request through the judge to have some type of terms so we have the ability to monitor this person and hopefully get some counseling or some other types of treatment for him that he may need."

A check of Newman's record found no local arrests.

His bail was set at $20,000. He faces charges for possession of the loaded firearms.



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