An intoxicated man allegedly armed with a knife and suspected of hitting his daughter with a metal pipe was arrested Tuesday in Salinas after a two-hour standoff with police who eventually subdued him with non-lethal weapons, police said. Ramon Vargas, 63, was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail after the physical assault that resulted in superficial injuries to his daughter, Salinas police Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan said.
At 2:08 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a man under the influence of narcotics and alcohol who went to his daughter’s home in the 200 block of Dennis Avenue and beat her with a large metal pipe, Bryan said. After others in the home escaped outside, Vargas locked himself inside the home, picked up an 8-inch kitchen knife and threatened to commit suicide, according to police. The Police Department’s hostage negotiation team and a Monterey County crisis intervention team also responded to the scene and officers then negotiated with Vargas for two hours, Bryan said. During the standoff, Vargas repeatedly pleaded with police to shoot him and at one point said he would “die today,” police said.
Vargas also poked himself numerous times in the abdomen with the knife, became increasingly agitated and taunted and dared officers to shoot him, according to Bryan. He finally exited the home while still holding the knife, challenged one of the hostage negotiators to a fight and after the negotiator replied that he was not armed, Vargas threw the knife down and prepared to attack, police said. Two officers armed with weapons loaded with non-lethal, 40mm rubberized projectiles fired rounds into his knee, causing him to fall to the ground uninjured and enabling police to taken him into custody, Bryan said. Police took Vargas to Natividad Medical Center for a medical clearance before booking him into the county jail, according to Bryan.
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