Man arrested after allegedly making threats with pellet gun

1/16/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

A Garden City man was arrested by Garden City Police S.W.A.T. officers Monday, after allegedly threatening to harm himself and then threatening a Garden City woman with a pellet gun.

Guillermo Vela, 26, 711 E. Santa Fe St., was arrested on allegations of aggravated assault and felony interference with law enforcement.

According to a press release from the Garden City Police Department, at about 4:42 a.m. Monday, police responded to Vela's residence on a report that a man armed with a handgun was threatening to hurt himself.

When officers arrived, they were unable to locate Vela and left the scene.

Officers again responded to the residence at 10:58 a.m. and reported that Vela was at the residence and had threatened Maria Cruz, 52, Garden City, with what turned out to be a pellet gun. GCPD S.W.A.T. officers and negotiators responded to the scene to assist in resolving the incident. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to speak with Vela, so S.W.A.T. team members entered the residence with the aid of the department's tactical robot system, which Garden City police Sgt. Michael Reagle said allows officers to see inside without having to make initial entry themselves.

After an exhaustive search of the residence, S.W.A.T. team members located Vela, who was barricaded in a small area of the attic, hiding between the ceiling joists and under the attic insulation. Vela was arrested without incident at 2:34 p.m., and officers found a black pellet gun inside the residence.

Reagle said that the gun was not found on Vela, but that it matched the description of the gun used during the alleged assault on Cruz.

Reagle said Cruz did not live at the residence but was visiting someone who lived there.

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