Man who brought arms cache to SLO bank researched drugging people
April 4, 2013
A police search of the computer owned by a San Luis Obispo man found sitting in a bank parking lot in March with loaded guns, handcuffs and a machete revealed that he had researched methods of subduing and possibly killing people.
On March 13, the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a call from an employee of Heritage Oaks Bank saying a suspicious man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the parking lot. When police arrived, they discovered that Turner Newman, 23, had two loaded guns, ammunition, a machete, handcuffs, leg restraints, zip ties and duct tape. Officers arrested Newman for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and for carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
In late March, police detectives served a search warrant at Newman’s residence in the 200 block of Ranchito Lane. The detectives confiscated Newman’s computer and analyzed the data he had been searching. They found that Newman had searched for methods of drugging, maiming, rendering unconscious and possibly killing people.
Officers are unaware of whether Newman acted on any of the information he gathered during his Internet searches. Police have also yet to determine Newman’s motives for sitting in the bank parking lot armed with loaded firearms, a machete and tools for forcibly subduing a person.
The police department is requesting that anyone who may have been a victim of criminal or suspicious activity involving Newman contact an officer.
Newman remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail.