On Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 1951 hours, Twin Cities Community Hospital contacted the Atascadero Police Department regarding a victim of a stabbing that was currently being treated at the hospital. An officer from APD responded to the hospital and interviewed the victim, who was identified as a 38 year old male from Atascadero. During the interview, APD learned that the victim was attacked at his home in the 2800 block of Monterey Road by three suspects. During the attack, the victim was stabbed three times in his upper torso.
During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to identify the three involved suspects and determined the assault was related to a stolen vehicle, which was later recovered the night of the assault.
On 3/27/20, Investigators with APD arrested James Forte, a 50 year old male of Morro Bay. Forte was booked at San Luis Obispo County jail on charges that included, 664/187 PC (Attempted Murder), 211 PC, (Robbery), 182 PC, (Criminal Conspiracy), and 459 PC (Burglary).
The second suspect, a 41 year old male from Paso Robles, was arrested by Porterville Police Department on unrelated chargesand is currently awaiting extradition back to San Luis Obispo County. He will face charges of 664/187 PC (Attempted Murder), 211 PC, (Robbery), 182 PC, (Criminal Conspiracy), and 459 PC (Burglary).
The third suspect, a 53 year old male of San Luis Obispo, will be charged with 182 PC, Criminal Conspiracy at a later time.