Atascadero felon arrested on drug and gun charges

May 6, 2021

Police arrested a 27-year-old felon in Atascadero Tuesday on multiple drug and weapons charges after spotting the man looking into a parked car in the Motel 6 parking lot on El Camino Real.

Shortly after 2 a.m., officers watched as the man appeared to conceal something in his waistband. Officers searched Manuel Roy Catron Jr. and found a fixed blade knife and a .40 caliber pistol concealed under his shirt.

While searching Catron, officers also found three additional fixed blade knives, a switchblade, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, a baggie of suspected heroin and a baggie containing pills that Catron identified as Xanax.

During a search of his vehicle, officers located a rifle, stun gun, drug paraphernalia and additional pills.

Officers arrested Catron and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and carrying a switchblade. He remains in jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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Back at the Motel 6 in no time, no room at the jail.

“Motel 6”, thank you. The Tribune is very careful never to name the establishment, just “a motel on the 9400 block of El Camino Real” (again and again…), of which there is only one. Does Mr. Patel have something on Mr. Tarica? Do they really think we’re that stupid?

Can’t wait for Newsom to turn all those violent offenders loose.

Nice job APD.

It just goes to show that felons will break the law to get and posses guns. Proves again that gun control laws only affect law abiding citizens. We can only defend ourselves from violent felons if we aren’t made felons trying to protect ourselves.

Darn, they got me.

Thank you APD for this specifically and thanks as well to all the other officers across the nation