Hostage Taking at the Police Department

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.

Staff working the front lobby counter, acted quickly and informed uniformed personnel about what was occurring and the resulting hostage situation.

Several officers entered the lobby and immediately encountered Capulong, Officers directed the suspect to drop the weapon which she refused to do. The officers advanced on the Capulong forcing her attention onto them. An officer utilized a Taser against the suspect which was able to incapacitate her long enough for them to converge and subdue her.

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.

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