Police Investigate Assault at Dog Beach

Dog Beach

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.

April 11, 2020

Morro Bay Police Sgt. Dale Cullum (at right) confers with a Sheriff’s Department evidence tech at one of the dirt pullouts on Hwy 1 at the Chevron Dog Beach, site of a reported assault with a deadly weapon on Thursday, April 2. Photo courtesy PBPD

Morro Bay Police are investigating a reported assault with a deadly weapon after a Morro Bay man said he was driven to Dog Beach and beaten up by three assailants.

According to MBPD Cmdr. Amy Watkins, police were called at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, April 2 to the 2400 block of Main St. There they found a man who said he had been driven to the dirt parking lot on Hwy 1, south of Toro Creek Road by three “unknown” people.

“The victim got out of the car,” Cmdr. Watkins said in a news release, “and was struck in the head numerous times by the suspects and left on the side of the road.”

Watkins said the victim, whose identity was listed as “confidential” in the news release, walked back into town and tried to get help by knocking on doors.

The man was taken to the hospital via ambulance and treated for “numerous head and facial injuries,” Cmdr. Watkins said. “Morro Bay Police responded to the dirt parking lot on Hwy 1 and Toro Creek Road where officers were able to locate the crime scene. The popular parking area was blocked to parked traffic until 10 a.m. for processing.”

A Sheriff’s Department crime scene technician also responded to the crime scene to help process evidence.

Cmdr. Watkins declined to release additional information on the victim, including age nor place of residence; whether or not he was also kidnapped or rode with his alleged assailants willingly; nor any information on the three suspects due to their ongoing investigation.

Police are asking the public’s help with the incident and urges anyone with information to call them at (805) 772-6225 or call Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.

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