Release Date/Time: 9/25/2019 6:25 PM
Date: Wednesday, 9/25/2019
Time: 4:10 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department, 222 Lincoln Ave.
Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250
A woman was at the Police Department front counter completing some business before exiting via the front doors. Once outside, she was approached and ultimately seized by the suspect, Mariel Capulong (22), who was wielding a large 8-inch meat clever. The suspect wrapped her arm around the victim's neck and led her by force back into the police department lobby. Once in the lobby, Capulong forced her to sit down in a chair and stood over her with the butcher knife raised in a threatening manner.
The victim was uninjured as a result of incident. She did not know the suspect.
Capulong received minor injuries and was eventually booked into Monterey County Jail for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.