No Charges Filed Against Man Who Found SLO Police Chief's Gun
Video surveillance footage of Los Osos man who found SLO Police Chief's gun (Photo: SLO Police)
By edhat staff
San Luis Obispo District Attorney (DA) announced no charges will be filed against the man who found SLO Police Chief's gun in a public bathroom.
Skeeter Carlos Mangan, 30 of Los Osos, was identified in surveillance footage as the suspect who took Chief Deanna Cantrell's .380 firearm that was accidentally left in the bathroom of El Pollo Loco on July 10, 2019.
"While the evidence in this case does support a misdemeanor charge of Penal Code section 485, after thoroughly considering all the circumstances, I have concluded that it would not be in the interest of justice to charge Mr. Mangan with a crime," District Attorney Dan Dow announced Saturday.
"It is my sincere hope that Mr. Mangan and other members of our community have learned from this widely publicized situation that failure to take immediate steps to find the rightful owner of lost property is a crime of theft under California law," said Dow.
Under California Penal Code section 485, failure to return lost property is a crime of theft. The statute reads as follows, "[o]ne who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft."
Chief Cantrell issued an apology in a public video and has faced heavy criticism from the event. She was disciplined by the San Luis Obispo Police Department with a one-time $1,598 dock of pay equivalent to a two-day unpaid suspension and required gun safety training.
Dow went on to thank Sean Greenwood who recognized Mangan on social media posts as his brother-in-law and contacted police.
In a statement to KSBY-TV , Greenwood wrote after seeing the alert he immediately went to Mangan's house, located the firearm and unloaded and disassembled it. He also stated that he needed to explain the situation to Mangan as he has a mental disability.
“To understand [Mangan's] actions, you have to understand [Mangan's] mental health state… He is an extremely shy and quiet man and for him, verbalizing is difficult. Because [he], for the most part, is nonverbal, speaking with friends and family, holding a job and expressing his thoughts is an everyday struggle. He doesn’t have a cell phone or computer, nor does he have social media. Once he learned from me, the true owner of the firearm, he told me he wanted to bring it into the “cop shop”… I explained to him it would be better if I gave him a ride and helped him to explain to the detectives the situation, rather than him riding his mode of transportation, a scooter,” wrote Greenwood to KSBY.
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