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Arroyo Grande man arrested in case of gunshot victim left at hospital

Sepehr Moarefy, 20, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Wednesday, June 8, 2011, on suspicion of attempted murder. Original story »
Sepehr Moarefy, 20, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Wednesday, June 8, 2011, on suspicion of attempted murder. Original story »

An arrest has been made in a case involving a gunshot wound to the right butt cheek of a San Luis Obispo resident who was left at an ambulance bay at a local hospital Monday.

Following an investigation by San Luis Obispo Police Department detectives, 20-year-old Arroyo Grande resident Sepehr Moarefy was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 26-year-old Omar Zermano Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was dropped off at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center around 12:45 p.m. Monday by two Hispanic men driving a red compact Honda Civic, according to police. They left the scene before officers arrived.

A subsequent investigation led to a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Moarefy, who was suspected of being armed and dangerous.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies located Moarefy driving north on Highway 101 near Madonna Road. He was stopped and taken into custody without incident. Moarefy was booked into County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

San Luis Obispo police detectives are looking for witnesses and the red Honda Civic. According to detectives, the car in question has a bullet hole in the rear of the vehicle and undisclosed “evidence in the back seat.”

The driver is described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a dark T-shirt and a baseball hat with its bill pulled up. The passenger is described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Both are considered "persons of interest" but not suspects, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 805-781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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