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Woman Armed with Meat Cleaver Took Hostage at Police Station, Cop Say (WATCH)

There was a dicey incident at a California police station on Wednesday. As seen on video, a woman armed with a meat cleaver apparently took a hostage before being confronted by a group of cops, and tasered, said the Salinas Police Department. The suspect in this was identified as Mariel Capulong, 22.

Officers said this happened at about 4:10 p.m. Footage showed the victim at the front counter. She was identified as a 43-year-old woman conducting business. She began to head out of the lobby, but, according to cops, Capulong confronted her outside of the camera.

As seen on footage, a woman with a meat cleaver walks into frame, with the victim in an apparent headlock. Cops said that Capulong forced the woman into a chair off-camera, and the hostage situation continued.

Employees behind the counter told the suspect to drop the cleaver, police said. A whole bunch of officers confronted Capulong at gunpoint, but one of the officers pulled out a taser, and used it on the suspect.

It’s unclear if Capulong has an attorney at this time. She is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon. The defendant reportedly received minor injuries.

Officers said this incident happened over the course of a minute and 10 sections. There were a number of officers available to respond because this occurred near a shift change. The victim in the case was uninjured, cops said.

[Screengrab via Salinas Police Department]

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