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UPDATE: Atascadero shelter in place linked to robbery investigation

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Sep 26, 2021

UPDATE (4:55 p.m.): Atascadero Police have released a statement regarding the previous shelter in place order being linked to an ongoing robbery investigation.

On Saturday night, officers responded to a report of a juvenile having been robbed at gun point near Morro Road and Curbaril Avenue. After a search of the area, officers were unable to locate a suspect.

At approximately 8:56 a.m. on Sunday, Atascadero Police responded to another report of a person being robbed at gunpoint in the 10200 block of El Camino Real.

According to officials, the suspect was identified on scene but fled on foot, over a fence, and into a nearby apartment complex. A second person had also reported being robbed at gun point. Both victims described matching suspect descriptions. The descriptions also reportedly matched that of the armed robbery suspect from Saturday night.

A press release from the Atascadero Police Department says officers conducted a search of the apartment complex, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The investigation into the incidents and the search for the suspect is ongoing.

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UPDATE (3 p.m.): The City of Atascadero and Atascadero Police have lifted the shelter in place order.

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UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Police have handcuffed an armed teenager near Atascadero State Hospital.

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UPDATE (12:45 p.m.): Atascadero Police and Paso Robles PD are in the parking lot of Macadero Garden apartments on El Camino Real looking for 2 Hispanic juveniles. One of the suspects is believed to be armed with a revolver.

Authorities tell KSBY that the incident stems from a robbery that occurred early this morning around 12:05 a.m. near Portola Road and Highway 41 in Atascadero.

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Atascadero Police is encouraging citizens to shelter in place due to an armed subject in the area.

Around 10:35 a.m. Sunday morning, the agency tweeted that there was heavy police presence in the area of El Camino Real and El Bordo. Officials say officers are actively searching the area for the armed subject with the use of a helicopter and ground units.

Some residents also say they received calls from police to stay inside during this time.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.