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Early morning assaults at San Luis Obispo airport lead to arrest

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 25, 2019

A man is facing multiple charges after investigators say he assaulted two people at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the assaults happened early in the morning on March 18 at the airport’s main terminal.

Investigators say the suspect, identified as 38-year-old transient Robert Torres, followed an employee into the terminal building that morning. The victim reportedly told Torres that the terminal did not open until 4 a.m. and tried to escort him outside. Sheriff’s officials say Torres then punched the victim in the face, threatened to kill him and began choking him. The victim was reportedly able to break free and call 911.

Sheriff’s officials say another victim told deputies that just prior to the attack, Torres approached him as he was walking to the terminal and also punched him in the face.

Both victims were reportedly injured.

Torres was arrested on suspicion of two counts of battery and one count of making terrorist threats. He remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office says Torres pleaded not guilty to charges and is due back in court Wednesday.

Robert Torres