Crime

Man accused of stealing from elderly and trying to hijack parking enforcement car

Tyler Dean Davies, 21, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, on suspicion of elder abuse, grand theft, resisting a police officer and trying to take an officer’s weapon. Original story »
Tyler Dean Davies, 21, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, on suspicion of elder abuse, grand theft, resisting a police officer and trying to take an officer’s weapon. Original story »

San Luis Obispo police say they arrested a local man after he allegedly stole from two elderly men, tried to hijack a city parking-enforcement vehicle and tried to take an officer’s Taser gun on Saturday morning.

About 10:20 a.m., Tyler Dean Davies, 21, reportedly stole property from and harassed Robert Grimm, 85, of San Luis Obispo while they were on a city bus, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

As Davies tried to flee after the driver stopped the bus at Monterey and Chorro streets, he allegedly stole property from a second, unidentified, elderly man who happened to be walking by, police said.

As officers chased Davies along Monterey, he jumped into a city parking-enforcement vehicle at City Parking Lot No. 3 and demanded that the parking officer drive him away, according to police.

After an officer cornered Davies, he allegedly tried to take the officer’s Taser gun before he used it to subdue the alleged thief. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy, whom police did not identify, helped catch Davies, police said.

Davies was booked into County Jail on suspicion of elder abuse, grand theft, resisting a police officer and trying to take an officer’s weapon, police said.

He remained in custody as of Saturday night in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to police.

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