Release Date/Time: 6/6/2015 4:40 PM
Incident: Assault with a deadly weapon, assault on an officer causing injury, resisting arrest
Date: Friday, 6/5/2015
Time: 7:14 PM
Location: N. Main St / Bernal Dr.
Officers were dispatched to N. Main St. north of Bernal Dr. for a male screaming, running into traffic and jumping on cars on N. Main. He was then reported to be trying to throw a woman (who turned out to be his mother) into traffic in front of cars. Initially, two officers responded and saw Jose Velasco, 28, slamming the female's body into the pavement of the northbound lane of N. Main Street while heavy traffic was passing by. The victim had also called in about her son running in traffic and at one point tried to grab him and pull him out of the roadway. As the officers tried to get Velasco off of his mother by pulling him away, Velasco began to violently resist and attacked the officers. At one point early in the fight, Velasco was able to grab hold of an officer's TASER while it was still in its holster on the officers body and tore it free. Two TASER deployments were attempted on Velasco, neither having any effect on him. Additional officers arrived and Velasco continued fighting. As other officers arrived on scene, Velasco continued to struggle and resist, eventually needing 5 officers and the use of batons to control and place him into handcuffs. Velasco was subsequently transported to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation and treatment for injuries. While in route to the hospital, Velasco battered both a Salinas Police Officer and a Salinas Fire Paramedic by grabbing them through the rails on the gurney and attempting to bite them. Ultimately at the hospital he had to be chemically restrained. Upon release from the hospital, Velasco was booked for several felony sections and parole violation.
Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper
Telephone: (831) 758-7250