Atascadero police seeking to arrest a local man Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of probation violation ended up charging him with much more.
Lyle Dempsey Jr., 48, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, false imprisonment, being a felon in possession of firearms and violating the terms of his probation, according to Sgt. Gregg Meyer of the Atascadero Police Department.
According to Meyer, Dempsey was on probation for a narcotics charge. The San Luis Obispo County Probation Department asked Atascadero police to serve an arrest warrant on him for violating his probation terms.
When police officers arrived at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday at Dempsey’s home in the 5200 block of Capistrano Avenue, the Atascadero man refused to come to the door and hid in a storage area he accessed from his bedroom, Meyer said.
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Dempsey surrendered to the officers without incident less than two hours later, Meyer said.
During the arrest, police allegedly learned that Dempsey had been involved in a domestic violence incident Monday night involving his live-in girlfriend.
Police also found two firearms that were not legally registered — a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun — and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in various calibers, Meyer said. Meyer said police knew there were possibly firearms on the premises before going into Dempsey’s home, but he would not disclose why.
Dempsey was being held Tuesday at County Jail in lieu of $85,000 bail.