Oceano Man Convicted in First San Luis Obispo County Jury Trial Since Beginning of Pandemic
Author: District Attorney
7/15/2020 4:33:40 PM
In the first jury trial since the coronavirus pandemic began, a San Luis Obispo County jury found David Carl Angello, Jr. (42) guilty of two counts of deterring a peace officer by threat of force and two counts of criminal threats. The jury also found true that Mr. Angello personally used a deadly or dangerous weapon while deterring peace officers. All counts are felonies.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that a San Luis Obispo County jury found Oceano resident David Carl Angello, Jr. (DOB 07/16/1977) guilty of two counts of deterring a peace officer by threat of force and two counts of criminal threats. The jury also found true that Mr. Angello personally used a deadly or dangerous weapon while deterring a peace officer. All counts are felonies. The incident occurred on July 7, 2018, after deputies responded to a citizen report of vandalism suspected to have been committed by Mr. Angello. When deputies arrived, Mr. Angello fled into his residence kicking off a nearly 7-hour standoff with law enforcement. In the early stages Mr. Angello brandished a CO2 powered BB pistol at deputies while threatening several times to shoot them. Mr. Angello’s uninvolved roommate was also in the residence, heightening the critical nature of the incident and fear of a hostage situation. Deputies retreated, repositioned and eventually brought in a tactical negotiations team before apprehending the defendant.
“The involved deputies exercised admirable tact, composure, and restraint during this incident, and we are extremely grateful that no one was injured. When a suspect brandishes a firearm, replica or otherwise at law enforcement while making threats it is likely to be met with the use of deadly force. As a result of these deputies’ training and professionalism such a result was avoided,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Additionally, we are very grateful to the jurors who responded to the summons and served during this COVID-19 pandemic. The jurors were patient and cooperative with the new safety protocols, while maintaining focus on the evidence and returning a just verdict.”
Sentencing is scheduled for August 5, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1 of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, the Honorable Judge Jacquelyn Duffy presiding. Mr. Angello faces a maximum term of four years in state prison for his conviction.
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitzpatrick.
A copy of the charging document can be found here. A copy of the defendants booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.