Two arrested, third wanted in Morro Bay break-in

kleslie@thetribunenews.comAugust 18, 2013 

UPDATE: Third burglary suspect arrested »

Two men were arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into an apartment in Morro Bay and holding the apartment’s residents against their will.

According to a news release, Morro Bay police went to the 2100 block of Main Street after 5 a.m., and were told by the apartment’s residents that three males had burglarized the apartment, held them against their will and battered them. Two of the residents were injured.

Officers obtained a search warrant for another apartment in the complex where they thought the suspects were hiding, and surrounded the area.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Eric Ross Jr., 30, of Morro Bay, and Darell Marquis Switzer, 19, of Bakersfield, surrendered to police without incident, according to the release. As of 5 p.m., both Switzer and Ross were still in custody of the Morro Bay Police Department but were expected to be taken to County Jail within several hours.

Police are also asking for the public’s help in locating a third suspect, McKinley Ray Thomas, 20, of Los Osos. Thomas is described as a black male adult, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. It is unknown if he is armed.

The public is advised to not approach Thomas if he is seen, and instead to call Morro Bay police at 772-6225.

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