Man arrested after swallowing Mental Health employee's ring, police say

jhickey@thetribunenews.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Sean Alexander, 32, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, on suspicion of grand theft. Original story »

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested Sunday after allegedly removing a person’s piece of jewelry and swallowing it.

Around 12:45 p.m., officers responded to 2180 Johnson Ave. for a report of a disturbance at San Luis Obispo County Mental Health Services. When officers arrived, they discovered that Sean Alexander, 32, had removed a ring from the finger of a staff member and swallowed it.

Alexander was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft. He is being held without bail at San Luis Obispo County Jail as of Monday afternoon, according to jail logs.

Capt. Keith Storton of the San Luis Obispo Police Department said he could not say if Alexander was a patient at the mental health facility at the time of the incident. It is up to jail staff at this time to decide to attempt to recover the ring, Storton said.

On Sept. 11, Alexander was connected to a separate incident in San Luis Obispo that resulted in the seizure of firearms. Officers from the San Luis Obispo Police Department executed a search warrant at Alexander’s home in the 1200 block of Phillips Lane, where they discovered a loaded pistol grip shotgun, a loaded rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and bandoliers loaded with shotgun shells, according to police. Alexander was not arrested, but in the interest of public safety, the items were removed from the home.

“Alexander possessing the weapons alone is not a crime. … We felt the accumulation of information we gathered after executing the search warrant revealed that a public safety concern had emerged,” Storton said.

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