Scottsbluff Man Arrested Following Monday Evening Standoff

Scottsbluff Man Arrested Following Monday Evening Standoff
April 5th, 2021 | KNEB Staff

A Monday evening standoff in Scottsbluff ends with a local man in custody.

The Scottsbluff Police Department responded to the scene of a subject whom had barricaded himself inside a residence in the 300 Block of W 24th Street at approximately 5:00 p.m. Monday.  The male was suspected to have multiple warrants for his arrest but was not responding to officer’s demands to exit the residence located at 310 W 24th Street.

While the scene was secured with law enforcement and surrounded by uniformed and non-uniformed officers, a male, identified as 33-year-old Rafael Velazquez of Scottsbluff entered the scene against the commands of law enforcement and ran into the residence.  Velazquez was arrested for obstructing the investigation and booked into the Scotts Bluff County Jail.

The barricaded male was arrested after officers entered the residence to locate him.  The male was 32-year-old Victor Mata III of Scottsbluff and he was arrested for numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants.  Mata had 7 arrest warrants, six charging him with failing to appear or failing to comply and the seventh for new charges of two counts of forgery.  Of the failure to appear warrants one charged him with failing to appear for a trial charging him with felonious theft and for being a habitual criminal.  He was booked into the Scotts Bluff County Jail.

The police department is aware of social media reports suggesting shots had been fired at this scene.  These reports are not accurate and no firearms were seized during this investigation.

The scene was secured with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance Services.


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