Crime

2 arrested in connection with armed robbery, attempted carjacking at Pirate’s Cove

Two Santa Maria men were arrested after they were accused of armed robbery and an attempted carjacking at Pirate’s Cove near Avila Beach on Monday night, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 7:30 p.m., authorities received a 911 call from a victim who said two men came up to the driver’s side window of their car in the parking lot at Pirate’s Cove, pointed a gun and made threats, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

After that, police said the suspects confronted a different victim in another vehicle at Pirate’s Cove and “took personal property from the victim and attempted to take the victim’s vehicle,” the release said.

The suspects fled, but deputies found and detained them after a short pursuit on foot, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The CHP and a CHP helicopter responded to help, authorities said.

No one was injured.

Authorities have identified the suspects as Brayan Arellano, 20, of Santa Maria, and a 17-year-old male teen, also from Santa Maria, according to the release.

Arellano was taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted carjacking, making terrorist threats and conspiracy, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was being held at County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $60,000 bail, according to jail records.

The teen was taken to San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall, also on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted carjacking, making terrorist threats and conspiracy, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to the release.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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