Flashbang device, helicopter used to arrest Atascadero man Thursday morning

ldoust@thetribunenews.comSeptember 26, 2013 

Marc Steele, 38, of Atascadero was arrested Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, on three active felony warrants. Original story »

Some Atascadero residents were awakened by loud sounds and a helicopter Thursday morning after sheriff's deputies arrested a man with three active felony warrants.

At 5 a.m., deputies went to the home of Marc Steele, 38, at 7025 Portola Road. Steele was believed to be armed and was using a video surveillance system at the home, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

A flashbang device, or stun grenade, was used to try to distract and capture Steele and protect nearby residents, according to the news release. No shots were fired and Steele was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies tried to arrest Steele in December for two outstanding warrants but he escaped after ramming a sheriff’s K-9 unit. He turned himself in a few days later.

Assisting the deputies in Thursday's arrest were sheriff's detectives, members of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detial, K-9 units, Atascadero police and a CHP helicopter.

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