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Teen arrested in search for robbery suspect in Atascadero

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Sep 07, 2023

UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) - Atascadero police arrested a 15-year-old boy from Santa Margarita after a report of a robbery Thursday afternoon.

It happened near the 6700 block of El Camino Real. According to police, the victim said a male juvenile brandished a handgun at him and tried to steal his bicycle.

The suspect was reportedly last seen running toward Atascadero High School.

Police placed the high school and North County Christian School on lockdown while they searched the area.

Officers say the suspect was located in the 6400 block of Nacimiento Ave. and taken into custody. A pellet gun wrapped in a black beanie was also found near a backpack that police say belonged to the suspect.

The teen was reportedly booked into the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services Center on a charge of robbery.

UPDATE (4 p.m.) - The lockdown was lifted at 3:40 p.m.

Police say they were searching for someone who was reported to have a gun. One sighting was reported near the high school tunnel.

A KSBY News photographer at the scene saw police take one person into custody near the Atascadero High School football field; however, police say the suspect was not located.

(3:27 p.m.) - Atascadero High School was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon because of nearby police activity.

According to a message sent to parents, the Atascadero Police Department ordered the lockdown "due to a situation near campus."

Dismissal, which is normally at 3:14 p.m. on Thursdays, has been delayed.

It's unknown how long the lockdown will last.

School was already out for the day at nearby North County Christian School, but any students and staff remaining on campus are also on lockdown.