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Saturday 12/07/2019 5:57 PM - Escaped At-Risk Mental Health Patient

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Escaped At-Risk Mental Health Patient
Date and Time of Incident: 12-7-19, Approximately 8:45 AM
Place of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo County Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF), 2178 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Benjamin Aaron Karp, 31, San Luis Obispo
Details of News Release: On 12-7-19, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a person who was vandalizing property at the San Luis Obispo County Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in the city of San Luis Obispo. That person was identified as 31-year-old Benjamin Aaron Karp of San Luis Obispo who is currently a patient at that facility. Before law enforcement arrived at that location, Karp escaped the facility. A BOL (Be On the Lookout) warning was issued to all law enforcement agencies in the county. Karp is described as a White male, 6' 0" tall, 190 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue scrubs and no shoes. At this time there is no reason to believe Karp is a danger to the public. If a member of the public locates Karp, you are asked not to approach him. Instead, contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 805-781-4550.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Saturday 12/07/2019 5:57 PM