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Suspect arrested, another sought in Morro Bay armed robbery

Judal Emmanuel Thompson, 18, who was arrested last month on suspicion of burglarizing a Morro Bay home, was arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of participating in a July armed robbery in Morro Bay.
Judal Emmanuel Thompson, 18, who was arrested last month on suspicion of burglarizing a Morro Bay home, was arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of participating in a July armed robbery in Morro Bay.

A man arrested in September for allegedly trying to burglarize a Morro Bay home has been arrested again in connection with a July armed robbery in Morro Bay, police said. Officers are also asking for help finding another man they believe was involved with the robbery.

Morro Bay police arrested Judal Emmanuel Thompson, 18, at his home in the 600 block of Mar Vista Drive in Los Osos at 9 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a weapon, conspiracy to commit a felony crime and violation of probation, police said. He was taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail, according to jail records.

Police also served a search warrant for Andrew Shane Quintana, 21, also known as Driscoll, at his home in the 2400 block of Greenwood Avenue in Morro Bay, but he wasn’t located at the residence and his current whereabouts are unknown, police said.

A warrant has been issued for Quintana’s arrest on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and threatening or intimidating a witness, police said. Police have also received information that Thompson and Quintana may have been involved in “numerous other criminal acts” and similar crimes, which are under investigation, officials said.

The July armed robbery took place in Del Mar Park, in the 3000 block of Ironwood Avenue, in July, according to a news release.

The victim was allegedly lured to the park so the suspects could rob him of marijuana, allegedly using a fake name from “a popular social media site,” to trick him, police said.

When the victim arrived at the park, one of the suspects, whom police have identified as Quintana, allegedly got into his vehicle, struck him in the face with a handgun and demanded his property and vehicle keys.

The second suspect, whom police have identified Thompson, then allegedly approached the victim from behind, brandishing a “rifle-style weapon” at him, police said.

The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and then watched as the suspects ransacked it, took his personal property, including marijuana, and fled, police said.

Morro Bay police ask anyone with information about the crime or the current location of Quintana to contact Det. Gene Stuart or Det. Mark Martin at 805-771-6225 and reference case number 17000918.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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