Fugitive arrested at Atascadero home
September 26, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a fugitive Wednesday who rammed his vehicle into a sheriff’s car in December 2012.
Marc Steele, 38, evaded arrest for more than nine months after ramming his Lexus sedan into a Sheriff’s K-9 vehicle in Atascadero and fleeing.
Detectives determined that Steele was living at 7025 Portola Road in Atascadero. They believed he was armed and using a video surveillance system.
Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, deputies surrounded Steele’s house and used a flashbang, also known as a stun grenade, to distract and capture Steele.
A flashbang is a nonlethal explosive device that can temporarily blind or disorient a person. Several neighbors reported hearing gunshots after the explosion of the flashbang Wednesday morning.
Deputies arrested Steele without firing any shots and without incident, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
Members of the sheriff’s SWAT team and K9 units and Atascadero police officers assisted in the arrest. A California Highway Patrol helicopter also flew above the scene.
Steele had three active felony warrants, including a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming his car into the K-9 vehicle.