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Wednesday 11/28/2012 3:46 PM - Panga Boat Update #2

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Panga Boat Update #2
Date and Time of Incident: 11-27-12, Approximately 8:15 PM
Place of Occurrence: Near San Simeon
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Jose Lopez Lopez, 44
Details of News Release: On 11-27-12, while on patrol, CHP officers came upon a man who was walking along Highway 1 just north of the old Piedras Blancas hotel. That is the same area where a beached panga boat was discovered earlier in the day. The man gave officers a false name and failed to provide proper identification. Because of certain items found on the man, he is thought to be connected to the other suspects involved with the panga boat. 44-year-old Jose Lopez Lopez was booked into County Jail and is presently on an immigration hold. Booking photo release authorized. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the CHP for their assistance with this arrest and also to the California Department of Fish and Game for their efforts to pull the panga boat from the beach when it was found.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Wednesday 11/28/2012 3:46 PM