This is the shocking moment a woman charged into a police station and took another female hostage while seemingly threatening her with a meat-cleaver, before seven armed police officers took down the assailant.
The Salinas Police Department in
In a video shared by law enforcement, the victim is seen leaving the front desk and off-camera she leaves the department but is brought back in by Capulong.
Mariel Capulong, 22, took a 43-year-old woman hostage in the Salinas Police Department using a meat cleaver as a weapon
Seven cops pointed guns and used tasers to bring down the suspect in California Wednesday
Capulong – wearing a white hooded top and with her hair in a high ponytail – becomes visible brandishing a meat cleaver.
Capulong is shown holding the woman by the neck in a headlock and holding the chopper in the air during the 4.10pm incident.
At one point she appears to saying something into the ear of the victim as she looks around the station.
The relationship between Capulong and the unidentified victim is unclear and it’s unknown why she was visiting the station.
Victim is seen leaving the California police station after a visit but she is brought back in by Capulong who is holding the meat cleaver and has her in a headlock
Capulong places the victim in a chair as she holds the weapon in the air before cops come out
Off-camera Capulong places the victim in a chair and hops back into the frame without the hostage.
Suddenly a number of cops appear with firearms, pointing them at Capulong in a bid to get her to put down the weapon and release the woman.
Officers then shout instructions to drop the weapon to no avail.
But at one point Capulong appears to wail after a cop verbally deescalates the situation then quickly uses the stun gun on her, causing the assailant to momentarily release the victim and giving law enforcement the opportunity to rush in.
Salinas Police believe they were able to subdue the suspect so quickly due to having extra staff around because they were preparing to swap shifts.
The victim was uninjured and the suspect received minor injuries when she was arrested.
Capulong was booked into Monterey County Jail for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
The Salinas Police Department said in a statement it ‘is proud of our officers for using their training, experience, and sound tactics to de-escalate a tense, volatile, and rapidly evolving violent encounter’.
Cops emerge from the back pointing guns and working to deescalate the situation
Capulong appears to wail as the taser is used and she’s arrested and charged with Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and Assault with a Deadly Weapon