Two Morro Bay men are in San Luis Obispo County Jail after being part of a group that allegedly harassed a woman visiting the city Sunday afternoon, one of them snatching her cellphone from her hand through a car window.
At about 4:15 p.m., a 49-year-old woman visiting Morro Bay was sitting in her parked car near Main Street and Atascadero Road when she was accosted by a group of several people who began threatening her. One person allegedly struck her car with a belt.
Morro Bay police Cmdr. Bryan Millard said Tuesday that the woman was on her cell phone at the time and the party on the other end heard the confrontation. One of the group then reached through the woman’s partially open window and grabbed her phone, causing the call to disconnect.
The person on the other end then called 911. The woman was not injured in the incident.
Morro Bay police identified Frank Daniel Hudson, 57, and Chance Lee Otero, 50, both known homeless residents of the city, as two suspects in the case, Millard said. Hudson was contacted at the scene following the incident, and Otero was found a short time later. Both were arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor intimidation. Hudson was additionally held on suspicion of parole violation and tampering with a wireless device, according to jail records.
Millard said Tuesday that more people are thought to have been involved in the incident but have not been yet been arrested. The investigation is ongoing.