The suspect involved was using a wooden 2X4 and unlawfully entered an abandoned building

ATASCADERO — Atascadero Police Department responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon on the 6500 block of Morro Road just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

When officers arrived on scene they were informed that a male suspect that was involved in the assault had picked up a wooden 2X4 and unlawfully entered an abandoned building.

Officers with the Atascadero Police Department and deputies with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the building and attempted to communicate with the suspect. 


According to officers, the suspect refused to communicate with officers. After numerous attempts to communicate unsuccessfully with the suspect, officers and deputies entered the building and attempted to arrest the suspect who had armed himself with a 5-foot stick. Due to the suspects violent behavior the use of a Sheriff’s K-9 and a Taser were used to apprehend the suspect.

The suspect was identified as Gary Staub (59), a male of Atascadero. Due to injuries sustained during the arrest, Staub was transported by ambulance to Twin Cities Community Hospital. Once treated for his injuries, Staub will be transported and booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of Terrorist Threats, Burglary Assault, and Resisting Arrest.