San Luis Obispo officers arrest man for botched bank robbery

August 5, 2022

Tyler Kenneth Ferguson


Police officers arrested an unarmed, would-be robber who fled without any money after allegedly demanding cash from Mechanics Bank in San Luis Obispo on Thursday.

Shortly before 4:40 p.m.,Tyler Kenneth Ferguson, 40, of SLO walked into Mechanics Bank at 2276 Broad Street and presented a note demanding money. Ferguson fled shortly after making the demand, according to the SLO Police Department.

Officers arrived at the scene and received a detailed description of the suspect from bank employees. Police then located Ferguson hiding in a nearby apartment complex.

After Ferguson was positively identified, officers arrested him and booked him in the SLO County Jail on a charge of felony attempted robbery. Ferguson remains in custody with his bail set at $30,000, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office website.

Police are still investigating the incident. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the case to call (805) 781-7312.

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Several years ago there was a Grover Beach therapist that robbed a bank in Santa Maria. Just before his arraignment he drove a beater RV off a cliff on Highway 1.

Robbing banks is the way to go. The tellers are told to just hand over the money. And if you get caught it’s Club Fed, not nasty gang-controlled state prison. At least the police respond to bank robberies. SLOPD no longer responds to reports from the homeless open bar that is the Ralph’s supermarket. They know it doesn’t matter as they will be released and not charged and the employees are likewise not to confront thieves for liability reasons that outweigh the cost of the openly stolen alcohol. Great for the community!

I genuinely feel incredibly sorry for this guy. Given the state of our economy right, and the current administrations efforts to deny it rather than fix it; I applaud this man for attempting to steal from a bank rather than breaking into my home which is right across the street. It’s a shame to see such a look and act of desperation in an otherwise seemingly able bodied man.

There must be something going south in his head, I believe robbing banks is now done on the internet per the news broadcasted to anyone who is interested.