ATASCADERO — On Monday morning, May 7, Santa Rosa Elementary School was placed on lockdown as police searched for a suspect, now identified as Tyrone Anderson, of Atascadero, who allegedly was involved in a vehicle collision, stabbing, and kidnapping. The incident and Anderson's subsequent arrest also lead to him being charged
According to a press release issued by the Atascadero Police Department Monday, police responded to the area of Atascadero Avenue and San Gabriel Road at approximately 8:32 a.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle accident with the subjects involved in a physical fight.
When police arrived on scene they found that Anderson involved in the accident had fled the area after allegedly stabbing another subject involved in the accident and kidnapping another.
“There was a physical confrontation when a passerby saw the confrontation and intervened and was slightly wounded by a knife trying to prevent the confrontation,” Sgt. Jason Carr with the Atascadero Police Department said. “We have not yet determined if it was intentional (that he collided) with the other vehicle.”
At approximately 9:36 a.m. officers were able to locate Anderson in the area of the accident and initiated a foot pursuit. Due to the close proximity of Santa Rosa Elementary, the school was notified and placed on lockdown.
After an extensive foot chase, officers again located Anderson in the 9100 block of Coromar Court. The suspect was arrested and transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the accident. The victim of the kidnapping is also being treated at a local hospital. The stabbing-victim did not require medical treatment.
The kidnapping victim was a female, but police are unable to release any further details regarding the person’s identity as it could interfere with the active investigation.
Anderson was booked into county jail May 7 on charges of felony kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Due to Anderson’s arrest on May 7, San Luis Police Detectives received information from the Atascadero Police Department that Anderson was arrested in Atascadero for assault and kidnapping charges.
Sergeant John Villanti with the San Luis Police department said that Anderson is a known individual with the San Luis Police Department and has records dating back to 1998.
Anderson had recently been identified through DNA analysis for a sexual assault, kidnapping, and burglary that occurred in the City of San Luis Obispo on Dec. 4, 2017, according to a press release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
In that incident, Anderson allegedly entered the residence of a 20-year-old female Cal Poly student at approximately 11:20 p.m. The victim who was home alone had just stepped out of the shower when she was confronted by Anderson inside her apartment in the 1200 block of Foothill. Anderson bound the victim and forced her into a bedroom inside her apartment. Anderson suddenly fled from the apartment at which time the victim was able to find her cell phone and call 911. San Luis Obispo Police recently received a DNA match on Anderson from an item of evidence left behind inside the victim’s apartment. San Luis Obispo Detectives have been trying to locate Anderson since receiving this information.
After his arrest by Atascadero PD on Monday, detectives obtained a search warrant for Anderson’s residence. Several items of evidence were recovered during the search which police believe tie Anderson to this crime. San Luis Obispo Police arrested Anderson for the following charges: assault with attempt to commit rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and burglary. With both arresting agencies, Anderson was booked into county jail with his bail set at more than a million dollars.
“If there was anybody in the area that witnessed what had occurred, we encourage them to come forward and contact our agency, specifically our supervisor Sergeant Jeff Wilshusen in investigations unit,” said Carr. “It was a very significant case for us and is keeping our investigation unit busy.”
You can contact the Atascadero Police Department at (805) 461-5051 to leave information or leads with the investigation unit.