ATASCADERO, Calif. - Atascadero police encouraged residents to shelter in place Sunday morning as they searched for a person suspected of robbing three people at gunpoint.
Officers said it began Saturday night after they received a call saying a minor had been robbed of his backpack and other personal belongings at gunpoint in the area of Morro Road and Curbaril Avenue.
Police obtained a description of the suspected robber but could not find them in the area.
The next morning around 8:56 a.m., the police department responded to a report of a person being robbed at gunpoint on the 10200 block of El Camino Real.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers saw a person fleeing on foot over a fence and into a nearby apartment complex.
The police sought help from California Highway Patrol and the SLO County Sheriff's Office to establish a perimeter and search for the suspect who was believed to be still armed.
During that time, they received a call reporting another person had been robbed at gunpoint that morning just before the previously reported victim.
Both victims providing matching descriptions of the suspected robber and their descriptions matched what was provided by the minor who was robbed Saturday night.
Officers began searching for the robbery suspect in the area of El Camino Real and El Bordo, advising nearby residents to shelter in place during the search.
The shelter in place was announced around 10:35 a.m. and lifted by 3 p.m.
SHELTER IN PLACE! Please Read:— Atascadero Police (@APD_POLICE) September 26, 2021
Heavy police presence in the area of El Camino Real and El Bordo regarding an armed subject from earlier. Officers are actively searching the area with the use of an airship and ground units. Citizens are encouraged to shelter in place. pic.twitter.com/LijDEezGkg
Officers said the suspect was not located.
The investigation into these incidents is ongoing.