Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of Morro Bay man

An arrest has been made in the December stabbing death of a Morro Bay man.

On Thursday, Salinas Police Department detectives arrested 31-year-old Hector Martinez on suspicion of murder in connection with the December killing of Bobby Dean Dick, 53, of Morro Bay.

Martinez was arrested without incident at the Monterey County courthouse in Salinas, where he was appearing on an unrelated charge.

Dick was a well-known subcontractor who worked as a stationary engineer at the San Luis Obispo County courthouse for the last five years.

According to the Salinas Police Department, at approximately 9:15 a.m. Dec. 5, a maid at the Laurel Inn at the 800 block of Laurel Drive in Salinas discovered Dick dead in a motel room. According to a department statement, the cause of death was not determined until the Coroner Division of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a closer examination. A subsequent autopsy revealed the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.

Salinas police Sgt. Jim Arensdorf confirmed Monday that Martinez has been arrested and charged with one count of felony murder but declined to provide additional details, noting that the investigation remains ongoing.

Dick was a frequent customer of the Salinas motel, as he regularly worked construction at a nearby job site.

News of his death sent shock throughout the San Luis Obispo County courthouse.

“He’s the type of guy where I don’t think you could find anybody who would have a bad thing to say about him. He was definitely a fixture around here,” Tim Roberts, facilities coordinator for the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, said. “Bobby’s certainly going to be missed.”

On Monday afternoon, Martinez remained in Monterey County Jail, where he was being held without bail. He was scheduled for a Jan. 13 arraignment in Monterey County Superior Court.