On January 9th, 2019

State Park Peace Officers Arrest Wanted Gang Member in Oceano

OCEANO - On January 7, 2019, California State Park peace officers were on patrol at Pismo State Beach when they recognized a documented gang member who had a felony warrant for his arrest.

State Park peace officers spotted Richard Eric Leos, Jr. as he sat in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle in the parking lot of a well-known Pismo Beach restaurant.

When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle for an equipment violation, the driver did not immediately pull over.

A short time later, the vehicle came to a final stop in the City of Oceano where Leos resisted arrest but was taken into custody by State Park Peace Officers.

Leos was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on his felony warrant as well as new charges for resisting arrest.

“Thank you to our State Parks peace officers who protect us in and around our state parks,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “Sadly, there is a criminal element in and around our beautiful state parks, I’m grateful for the police work and protection that are State Parks peace officers provide.  I am also relieved that no officer was hurt during this vehicle stop and arrest.”

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