MBPD Picks Up Wanted Fugitive

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

March 14, 2024

Morro Bay Police arrested a man suspected in Oregon of the attempted murder of an apparent shipmate, at a home in Morro Bay with the assistance of SWAT.

According to a news release from MBPD, at about 5:20 p.m. Monday, March 10 local police were contacted by a police detective from Astoria, Ore., regarding a man wanted for questioning in connection with a March 7 violent incident in that city.

Astoria Police Department had information the suspect “had possibly returned to Morro Bay,” reads the release.

MBPD officers responded to the home, located in the 300 block of Hill St., where they confirmed the man was inside. That’s when things got a little serious.

“The San Luis Obispo Regional Swat Team was activated,” police said, “and with their assistance the suspect, [identified as Dylan Xavier Campana, 29]  “was taken into custody without incident.”

He is being held in SLO County Jail awaiting extradition to Oregon, where Astoria Police plan to question him.

According to the Daily Astorian Newspaper, on the night of Thursday, March 7, “the Astoria Fire Department was dispatched to Pier 3 of the Port of Astoria boatyard for a report of a male subject injured in a fall. On arrival, they discovered the victim’s injuries were not caused by a fall.”

The victim in that case, identified by the newspaper as “a 23-year-old man who had been working on a boat with the suspect,” was reported as being in stable condition. It did not give details on his injuries.

MBPD Chief Amy Watkins confirmed that Campana worked on a fishing boat. 

“A fishing boat is right,” she told Estero Bay News. “Sounds like Campana goes up north on occasion to work on the boat and make some money for a few months, then returns to Los Osos where his family is.”

She did not know the name of the fishing boat, but believed it was home ported “up north somewhere. From what I understand the boat had an issue and was being services in Astoria.”

She also did not know anything more about the reported victim in the case, but did not believe he was from here. “I do not believe he has any ties to the Central Coast,” Chief Watkins said of the victim. “At least, I haven’t heard of any. All I know is he also worked on the boat.”

According to the Daily Astorian, Campana was someone to be wary of — for police. 

“He is considered armed and dangerous due to his history of threats toward law enforcement and history of violent offenses,” the newspaper reported. The local police chief threw out the dragnet.

Astoria Police Chief Stacy Kelly said, “We’re pretty confident that he left the area, because the boat that they were on, it just had to stop here for emergency repairs. And he has ties to other parts of the state. So we’re assuming he went back there, but we don’t know for sure.”

Turns out that his next port of call was SLO County Jail.

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