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False 911 call made as diversion during drug arrests, Atascadero police says

Joseph Baker, left, was arrested Thursday, July 20, 2017, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed knife and a parole violation. Ryan Krebs, right, also was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, carrying a switchblade and two warrants.
Joseph Baker, left, was arrested Thursday, July 20, 2017, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed knife and a parole violation. Ryan Krebs, right, also was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, carrying a switchblade and two warrants.

The Atascadero Police Department is investigating a false 911 call from a suspect who they believe fabricated reports of shots being fired in an ill-fated attempt to divert police officers from a pair of drug-related arrests.

The sequence of events started when Sgt. Caleb Davis said an undercover unit recognized a parked car outside a store with two men sitting inside, according to a post on the Atascadero Police Department’s Facebook page.

Officers learned one of the men — 40-year-old Ryan Krebs — had two outstanding warrants, and they searched the vehicle. Police discovered a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin and cash.

Krebs was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, carrying a switchblade and two warrants. Joseph Baker, 27, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed knife and a parole violation.

While searching the car, police said, other officers were dispatched to a report of a man with a gun and shots fired on the north end of town.

The call was determined to be false and “possibly called in by another suspect in an attempt to divert officers,” according to the post.

Davis said Friday the department is pursuing a lead and has “a strong idea of who the third suspect might be.”

Krebs and Baker were booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Baker remained in custody Saturday afternoon. His bail was set at $2,000.

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