SLO County Roundup


A 27-year-old man who allegedly lunged at Atascadero Police Department officers with a knife in March has pleaded no contest to “threatening an executive officer from performing a duty.”

Quincy Simms was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and credited for 69 days served in County Jail. A no-contest plea results in a conviction without admitting guilt.

Simms was arrested after police responded to a report of a stabbing on Santa Lucia Road on March 17. Police were reportedly met in the driveway by Simms, who was holding two large carving knives and bleeding from a wound in his thigh.

Officers told him to drop his weapons, and “he took several steps toward the officers and lunged at them from a distance,” Cmdr. Steve Gesell said.

Simms then stopped and complied with officers’ orders to drop the knives, Gesell said. Simms was arrested and then treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

— Nick Wilson