Conspiracy theorist attacks banks, police and top corporation
July 9, 2015
Armed with a sling shot and metal balls, a 26-year-old Morro Bay man allegedly opened fire on the windows of 11 bank buildings, as well as the San Luis Obispo Apple Store and the Morro Bay Police Department, during two recent sprees of vandalism.
Officers arrested Joshua Ryan Meissner Tuesday evening. On Tuesday morning, he allegedly fired multiple ball bearings through the front doors and windows of the police department.
Meissner then drove around to the rear alley and fired more rounds at a Morro Bay patrol vehicle, damaging the windshield and frame. Minutes later, he shot an object at a Chase Bank Window in the 500 block of Morro Bay Boulevard, according to a San Luis Obispo Police Department news release.
On June 9, Meissner allegedly vandalized the windows of 10 bank buildings in San Luis Obispo, as well as the Apple Store. The Apple Store window was valued at $20,000.
The news release makes no mention of a possible motive for the vandalism.
But, Meissner’s Facebook page shows recent posts about a police state, the Bank of Canada, the military industrial complex and the U.S. Supreme Court approving of FEMA camps. The page also lists Meissner as a member of the Facebook group “Chemtrail Info of SLO County.”
On July 1, a San Luis Obispo police officer contacted Meissner during a traffic stop at around 1 a.m. The officer released Meissner, though, because there was no probable cause to arrest him, according to the press release.
Meissner was driving a white Ford Ranger pick-up at the time. The vehicle was registered in his name.
On Tuesday morning, a witness reported seeing a man stop a truck in front of the Morro Bay Chase Bank building and fire an object at the bank’s window. The witness described the suspect as a white male in his 20s with a thin build.
The witness also wrote down the truck’s license plate number and gave it to police. The license plate number showed the truck was registered to Meissner.
Morro Bay police informed local authorities that Meissner was wanted for using a sling shot to shoot out police and Chase Bank windows.
Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cuesta College police officers stopped Meissner’s vehicle near Foothill and California boulevards in San Luis Obispo. Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo detectives arrived at the scene.
When they searched Meissner’s vehicle, detectives found two high-power sling shots and a bag containing 75-100 silver ball bearings. Police arrested Meissner without incident and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Meisnner remains in jail with his bail set at $40,000. He faces three counts of felony vandalism, according to the jail website.
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