The Cambrian

Cambria man held following standoff in northeast home

A Cambria man was arrested on several felony and misdemeanor charges late Feb. 24, after a brief standoff in a rural area northeast of town.

As of late Monday, March 9, Ryan Poteete remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail, held on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing on the case was to have been Wednesday, March 11.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla, when deputies arrived at the 1900 block of Noel Way in San Simeon, Rex Quin Poteete, 21, was arguing with his father, Clayton Poteete, who had a shotgun in his arms. Deputies told the father to drop the gun, and they ordered both men to lie on the ground. 

Others in the home included Rex Poteete’s mother, grandmother, girlfriend and the young couple’s 2-week-old baby, Cipolla wrote in an email interview.

Cipolla related the following account from witnesses: Rex Poteete had been drinking when he got into a fight with his father and pulled out a shotgun, the witnesses said. Clayton Poteete pulled out a shotgun and ordered Rex Poteete to leave, but the younger man returned with a 22-caliber rifle. Rex Poteete’s mother wrestled the gun from his hands, and during the struggle, he struck her in the nose and shoulder, drawing blood.

Cipolla said Poteete’s girlfriend attempted to call 911, and witnesses said he pushed her up against a wall and then threw her to the ground. 

According to the District Attorney’s office, Poteete is facing 12 charges, including felonies that range from aggravated assault, elder abuse, dissuading a victim or witness from reporting a crime and two charges of criminal threats, all against Clayton Poteete, to a felony charge of dissuading another witness, victim Dorothy Swift, and felony criminal threats and battery against victim Marisol Poteete. 

Misdemeanor charges include two counts of brandishing a weapon, damaging a wireless communication device, and battery on Swift, the mother of the defendant’s child. 

Before being booked, Poteete was taken to the hospital to receive stitches to his hand. According to witnesses, Cipolla said, Poteete had cut his hand with gardening shears before the argument began. He had declined medical treatment offered at the scene by paramedics.

Sheriff’s deputies, state park rangers, the CHP helicopter and an ambulance assisted in the incident, which began about 5:30 p.m. on the 1900 block of Noel Way, in a rural area off Van Gordon Creek Road. 

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