Police chase shoplifting suspect armed with knife


UPDATE: Atascadero police have identified the suspect involved in a foot pursuit after shoplifting from the Smart & Final on El Camino Real Thursday as 29-year-old Dustin Anthony Orton, of Paso Robles.

Following the chase, Orton was located in a nearby backyard and refused to comply with the police. K-9 officer Pit and his handler officer Chris Hester successfully brought Orton into custody.

Orton was booked into county jail at 9:46 p.m. Orton already had a felony no-bail warrant for his arrest. Orton was charged with shoplifting, obstruction and resisting a public officer, and two counts of probation violation. His bond was set at $2,000.

ATASCADERO — A suspect was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a brief foot pursuit along Curbaril Avenue.

According to a statement issued by the Atascadero Police Department, officers responded to a report of a shoplifter at the Smart & Final store at Curbaril Avenue and El Camino Real.

As police arrived at the scene the suspect fled on foot and police established a perimeter in the area of Curbaril, Sinaloa and Santa Ysabel Avenues.

During the pursuit, the suspect was reported to be armed with a knife. Police requested backup from an APD K-9 unit and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

The suspect was eventually located in a backyard on the 8900 block of Curbaril Avenue and taken into custody through a successful K-9 deployment after refusing to cooperate with police.

The suspect was treated for injuries at the scene.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect.

We will update this story with more information as it’s available.

Helicopter photo courtesy of Amanda Honesto.

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