KING CITY — King City Police have arrested a 43-year-old local man who barricaded himself in a backyard of a residence after he was found using an axe to vandalize vehicles on Talbot Street.

According to a news release, officers responded to a report of a male adult brandishing an axe on Aug. 27 at about 9:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Broadway Street. While responding to the call, officers were then advised that the suspect was using the axe to vandalize vehicles parked in the 700 block of Talbot Street.

“Officers arrived on scene and discovered two vehicles had been vandalized and subsequently spoke with a victim who said the suspect vandalized his vehicle and made threats to harm him,” police said.

The suspect, later identified as Antonio Carlos Gonzales, 43, of King City, fled into a backyard of a residence in the 300 block of South Mildred Avenue, where he barricaded himself in a structure and refused to exit. 

After about an hour, the officers decided to “deescalate the situation” and left the scene. They obtained an arrest warrant for Gonzales and began making attempts to contact and peacefully arrest him. 

On Aug. 31, at about 9:45 p.m., officers contacted Gonzales, who again barricaded himself in a structure in the backyard of the South Mildred Avenue residence. They opened negotiations to take him into custody.

Gonzales then exited the structure and was taken into custody without further incident. He was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail for criminal threats, vandalism in excess of $400 and brandishing a deadly weapon.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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