Armed robber steals bandana in Atascadero

May 6, 2020

Atascadero police officers arrested a man on Wednesday who stole a bandana from the Chalk Mountain Liquor on El Camino Real, and then allegedly attempted to stab a clerk.

After the clerk noticed the theft, he confronted 21-year-old Kyle Walls. Walls allegedly pulled out a large knife, attempted to stab the employee, but slashed the victims hand instead, causing a superficial wound.

Walls fled before officers arrived.

A short time later, officer located Walls on Highway 101 in Templeton

Officers booked Walls into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in lieu of $60,000 bail.


One would think the story would LEAD with the attempted stabbing, rather than the theft of a $5 item…


These days the stolen bandana is the story. This was a thief whose only interest was protecting others from the spread of Covid-19… subsequently driven to pointless violence.