Threatening a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Vandalism

Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 8:58 AM

Incident: Threatening a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Felony Vandalism

Report #: 14-070973

Date: Monday, 7/21/2014

Time: 9:25 PM

Location: 1800 Blk of Cherokee Dr.

Officers were dispatched to a North Salinas apartment complex regarding Nicolas Vela, 21, who was calling 911 saying he was "crazy", he had a gun and that he is going to kill someone. Upon arrival, officers found him standing in the upstairs window, above the front door, yelling and threatening officers that he was going to shoot them. Throughout the incident, Vela appeared in the window with a several objects, which he repeatedly pointed at officers. Some of those objects included a shard of broken glass, a beer can and a glass bottle. Vela pointed these objects at the officers simulating them as firearms. Vela threw the glass bottle at officers but no injury or damage was sustained. An officer from the Hostage Negotiations Team spoke with Vela for an extended period of time. Vela broke out several windows and tossed various items to the ground below. An inner and outer perimeter was established and traffic was controlled in the area. A group of about 50 spectators lined the parking lot at the Olive Garden Restaurant. Some of the individuals yelled anti-police comments and profanities towards the officers that were dealing with Vela. Some were yelling directly at Vela in an effort to further incite him but the officers were eventually successful in discouraging their behavior. Emergency Medical Services staged with physician authorization to sedate Vela upon arrest, if necessary. After over 2-hours of negotiating, an officer deployed a 40-millimeter direct impact launcher. The projectile struck Vela in his abdomen as he exposed his upper torso in the window. An entry team entered and immediately engaged Vela, who was partially incapacitated by the impact of the 40mm projectile. A diversionary device or "flashbang" was deployed. Vela physically resisted but was quickly overcome by the entry team. Vela was transported to Natividad Medical Center for a jail check. His injuries were superficial and once he was medically cleared, Vela was booked into Monterey County Jail for the above charges. The stand-off lasted for 2 hours, 20 minutes (9:50pm to 12:10am). None of the bystanders were arrested.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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