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Update: Paso Robles robbery suspects plea not guilty 

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Update posted Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m. 

Suspects plea not guilty, preliminary hearing set for Dec. 20

–Both Wayside Liquors armed robbery suspects, Issac Ward Tabarez and Elmer Rosendo Quiterio, appeared at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Tuesday with their counsel and plead not guilty to the armed robbery charges. The district attorney handling the case notified the court she would be pursuing additional charges in relation to the firearm used in the robbery. She notified the defendant’s council that, because there was a firearm, the charges may also include firearm discharge, as well as ‘vicarious liability’ which refers to someone being held responsible for the actions of another person. Tabarez’s family was present at the hearing. There were no family members present for Quiterio at the hearing.

The preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. at Dec. 20 at the courthouse where the district attorney will be calling one witness from the liquor store to testify on the matter. In addition to the armed robbery charges, both Tabarez and Quiterio are also facing charges for violating parole, and Quiterio is facing DWI charges for an arrest just days after the armed robbery took place. Both suspects have been charged with armed robbery with criminal street gang enhancements. As of the time of this publishing the DA’s office was unavailable for comment.

 

Update posted Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m. 

Suspects headed for arraignment Dec. 6

–Both suspects in the Wayside Liquors Armed Robbery on Nov. 12, Isaac Ward Tabarez and Elmer Rosendo Quiterio, were set for arraignment this past Thursday, though due to the inability to find attorneys to represent themselves, the duo will be back in court for official arraignment with representation on Dec. 6, according to Tabarez’s public defender for this matter, Trevor Creel.

Creel says his client will be appearing in the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse on Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. where official arraignment for the armed robbery charges will take place. Both suspects are set to be arraigned on armed robbery charges with criminal street gang enhancements. There is no information yet if either suspect will be requesting a plea bargain. As of the time of this publishing Quiterio’s attorney was unavailable for comment.

 

Update posted Nov. 30, 4:20 p.m. 

Suspects were already in custody for other crimes

– As previously reported, at about 10:50 p.m. on Nov. 12, the Paso Robles Police Department was dispatched to Wayside Liquor, 703 Creston Road, regarding a silent hold up alarm activation. Upon contact, the two store clerks told responding police officers that they had been robbed at gunpoint by two males wearing masks and dark hooded sweatshirts. Neither clerk was injured during this robbery.

As a result of investigative efforts by police detectives, in collaboration with detectives from the Atascadero Police Department, officers from the California Highway Patrol, and personnel from the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the San Luis Obispo County Gang Task Force, two suspects have been charged with this crime. Both suspects were already in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on unrelated charges when these criminal complaints were filed by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Suspect #1 was identified by police as 23-year-old Atascadero resident Isaac Ward Tabard and Suspect #2 was identified by police as 22-year-old Paso Robles resident Elmer Rosendo Quiterio.  According to county records Quiterio was already booked into county jail the morning after the robbery took place on drunk driving-related charges. His accomplice, Tabarez was booked into the county jail on Nov. 16 for allegedly violating his parole. Both were still in jail on Wednesday when the additional charges were filed against them.

Both suspects were charged with two counts of robbery (Wayside Liquor robbery, two clerks were victims) with special enhancements for the use of a firearm during the commission of the robbery and participation in a criminal street gang.

 

Update posted Nov. 15, 10:20 a.m. 

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Photos of two men that robbed Wayside Liquor Saturday released

–The Paso Robles Police Department is seeking assistance from the community to identify the suspects in the recent armed robbery that occurred Saturday at Wayside Liquor in Paso Robles. The suspects, pictured above in screenshots from the victim business security cameras, are described as:

Suspect #1 was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and had a black mask similar to a ski mask over his face. He was wearing black gloves and a black Seattle Seahawks hat. He was wearing black shoes with a white Nike swoosh on the sides and appeared to be approximately 5’08” to 5’10” tall and thin. He brandished what was described as a small caliber black long-barreled revolver.

Suspect #2 was described as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans with a military style green belt, white batting gloves with red finger tips and a black ski mask over his face, which had white skeleton print near the eye hole. He was wearing black shoes that had a red symbol on the side and red colored tread and appeared to be approximately 5’08” to 5’10” tall and thin. He brandished what was described as a black semi-automatic handgun.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about this crime or any person(s) involved is urged to call the PRPD or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP (549-7867) or submit a Web Tip from the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.slotips.org. You can also submit a “TEXT TIP” by texting “slotips” and your message to CRIMES (or 274637). You do not have to give your name.

 

Original story posted Nov. 14, 6 a.m. 

Wayside Liquors robbed

Wayside Liquors on Creston Road in Paso Robles. Image by Google Maps.

Two armed robbery suspects wanted

–Saturday night at about 10:50 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department was dispatched to Wayside Liquor, 703 Creston Road, Paso Robles, regarding a silent hold up alarm activation. Upon contact, two unharmed store clerks told responding police officers that they had been robbed at gunpoint by two males wearing masks and dark hooded sweatshirts.

One suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk behind the counter and demanded money and a bottle of alcohol, police report. The clerk complied and provided one suspect with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and a bottle of alcohol.

The second clerk was held at gunpoint while the robbery took place, the report says. Upon receiving the money and alcohol, both suspects fled the store and discharged at least two rounds into the air, which the clerks described as sounding like a cap gun. The suspects then ran towards Walnut Drive.

A detailed description of both suspects was obtained from clerk statements and review of video surveillance footage of the robbery. The video was not released to the media.

Suspect No. 1

Suspect No. 1 was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and had a black mask similar to a ski mask over his face. He was wearing black gloves and a black Seattle Seahawks hat. He was wearing black shoes with a white Nike swoosh on the sides and appeared to be approximately 5’-8” to 5’10” tall and thin. He brandished what was described as a small caliber black long-barreled revolver.

Suspect No. 2

Suspect No. 2 was described as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans with a military style green belt, white batting gloves with red finger tips and a black ski mask over his face, which had white skeleton print near the eye hole. He was wearing black shoes that had a red symbol on the side and red colored tread and appeared to be approximately 5’-8” to 5’10” tall and thin. He brandished what was described as a black semi-automatic handgun.

Anyone with information about these crimes or any person(s) involved is urged to call the police or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP (549-7867) or submit a Web Tip from the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.slotips.org. Anyone can also submit a “TEXT TIP” by texting “slotips” and your message to CRIMES (or 274637). 

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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