Man Pulls Gun on Motel Employee

Written by Estero Bay News

September 10, 2021

Police are looking for a man who broke into a room at a North Main Street motel, then brandished a handgun at a motel employee who confronted him.

Morro Bay Police responded at 5:51 p.m. Aug. 27 to a report of man who had broken into a room at the Rodeway Inn.

“Suspect was contacted by the victim (a motel employee),” Cmdr. Watkins said, “when an argument ensued and was told he was going to contact law enforcement. At that time, the suspect retrieved a handgun from his waistband and pointed the firearm at the victim. “

The suspect fled on foot. No shots were fired and there were no injuries reported.

Police searched high and low for the suspect and found property and two firearms, “believed to belong to the suspect.

“Witnesses in the area advised suspect was picked up in an unknown vehicle that left the area prior to officer arrival,” Cmdr. Watkins said. Police continue to investigate. The victim in the case is the motel’s manager.

Rodeway Inn has been in the news of late after the owners sought permits to turn the motel into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, intended for so-called first responders — police and firefighters for the most part. 

Though the proposal raised significant opposition from neighbors, the City was obligated under a State law to permit the change in use. The conversion has yet to be made and the motel continues to be run as a motel.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Morro Bay Police Department at (805) 772- 6225 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.

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