Two Monterey County men have been arrested on suspicion of a carjacking in Paso Robles and a convenience store robbery in Atascadero.
Martin Gabriel Olmos, 32, of King City was charged with carjacking, robbery and a probation violation and is being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Joel Solis Arciniega, 26, of Greenfield was charged with carjacking and carrying a concealed weapon, with bail set at $70,000.
On Sunday, a man was held at knifepoint and forced out of his vehicle in Paso Robles, and two men allegedly stole his white Nissan sedan, according to a news release from the Atascadero Police Department.
Paso Robles police were unavailable Wednesday afternoon to confirm the time and location of the carjacking.
The stolen vehicle was later linked to a robbery that took place Monday at Stagecoach Liquor, at 5145 El Camino Real in Atascadero.
The clerk called police around 7:30 p.m. to report that a man had entered the store, jumped over the counter and brandished a knife, ordering the clerk to open the cash drawer. When the drawer did not open, the man struck the clerk with his fists and fled with the entire drawer.
Hundreds of dollars were stolen, and the empty cash drawer was later found on the street at the intersection of Chico Road and Traffic Way, said Cmdr. Joe Allen of the Atascadero Police Department.
The stolen Nissan was later spotted at Motel 6 on El Camino Real in Atascadero, and Olmos and Arciniega were detained. One was positively identified by the carjacking victim, and the other was in possession of the stolen car’s key. Additional evidence linked them and the car to the convenience store robbery. The cash was not recovered.