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Paso man who held knife to his throat near school found after 3-day search, sheriff says

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A Paso Robles man who allegedly held a knife to his throat near Templeton Middle School was arrested on Thursday night following a multi-day search.

Daniel Jay Romo, 25, fled from San Luis Obispo County probation officers on Tuesday evening near Bennett Way in Templeton, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Romo — who was wanted on active probation warrants — ran across Highway 101 into the area near Templeton Middle School, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was considered suicidal after he was seen holding a knife to his throat.

He apparently ran through campus and into the nearby neighborhood, jumping fences and running through yards, according to previous Tribune coverage.

Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the search, and a reverse 911 call was sent out to residents in that area warning them to stay inside while law enforcement looked for Romo.

On Thursday night, the Sheriff’s Office said, a K9 sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence in the Whitley Gardens neighborhood of Paso Robles, where Romo was suspected to be hiding out.

He fled again, and additional deputies, probation officers and a CHP helicopter responded, according to the news release.

Romo was apprehended and taken into custody near the 500 block of North Almond Drive in Paso Robles, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he remained in custody as of 12:45 p.m. Friday. No bail amount was listed on the jail website.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.

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