Four San Luis Obispo County teenagers were arrested Wednesday for allegedly holding up a house full of partygoers in rural Templeton.
Deputies responded around 3:10 a.m. to reports of a robbery on the 4700 block of See Ranch Lane, where the 911 caller said he and 20 other teenagers and young adults were attending a party, according to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office news release.
Witnesses said three to five men dressed all in black with bandanas over their faces allegedly entered the home, fired shots in the air and ordered everyone to get down on the floor. They then allegedly stole several victims’ cellphones and wallets, along with a white BMW and Chevy pickup.
Two male victims were also allegedly assaulted with a blunt force object during the robbery. They were later taken to a nearby and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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When deputies were responding to the incident, they noticed a white BMW traveling west at high speed on Highway 46. They stopped the vehicle, detained three people and recovered several of the allegedly stolen cellphones.
About the same time, Atascadero police found the white Chevy pickup abandoned in the River Gardens area of the city. Detectives later found one of the other allegedly stolen cellphones at an Atascadero home on the 5000 block of Olmeda Avenue, where they also found a fourth suspect. Police continue to search for a fifth suspect.
The four who were arrested are still being interviewed prior to being booked into County Jail, said Tony Cipolla, a county Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The suspects arrested were Donovan James Alvord, 19, of Templeton; Albert Charles Heinicke Jr., 18, of Avila Beach; and two 17-year-old male juveniles from Atascadero.
They were taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, robbery in an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.