Repeat offender arrested for Morro Bay pot robbery

Judal Emmanuel Thompson, left

A teenage burglar who was recently found hiding in the closet of a Morro Bay home has been arrested again, this time for allegedly robbing a person of marijuana at gunpoint. A second suspect is also being sought in the pot robbery, and Morro Bay police say the pair has likely committed numerous other crimes.

Last month, Morro Bay police found Judal Emmanuel Thompson, 18, and a 14-year-old girl hiding in the closet of a home in the 2000 block of Ironwood Avenue that they were allegedly burglarizing. Officers arrested Thompson and the girl and recovered $200 of stolen cash.

Before and after the arrest, Morro Bay police were investigating an armed robbery that took place in July in the 3000 block of Ironwood Avenue. During that incident, two suspects lured the victim to the location by using a fake name on a popular social media site in order to rob the person of marijuana, according to the Morro Bay Police Department.

When the victim arrived, the first suspect entered the victim’s vehicle, struck him in the face with a handgun and demanded his property and car keys. The second suspect, later identified as Thompson, approached the victim from behind while brandishing a rifle-style firearm, police said.

The victim managed to get away from the vehicle and watched as the suspects ransacked his car and took his personal property. The thieves then fled the scene.

Investigators conducted multiple interviews, processed forensic evidence from the scene and managed to identify the two suspects as Thompson and Andrew Shane Quintana, also known as Dirscoll.

On Wednesday morning, officers arrested Thompson at his home in the 600 block of Mar Vista in Los Osos. Officers charged Thompson with armed robbery, assault with a weapon, conspiracy to commit a felony and violation of probation.

As of Thursday afternoon, Thompson is in SLO County Jail with his bail set at $60,000.

Detectives did not succeed in finding Quintana.

An warrant is out for Quintana’s arrest on charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and threatening/intimidating a witness. A charge of conspiracy against Quintana is pending.

Investigators say they have received information that the suspects may have been involved in numerous other criminal acts involving similar crimes. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has information about the July robbery or the whereabouts of Quintana is asked to call Morro Bay Police Department Detective Gene Stuart or Detective Mark Martin at (805) 772-6225.