Apr 06, 2021 3:25 PM

2 Scottsbluff men arrested following standoff

Posted Apr 06, 2021 3:25 PM

By Kalin Krohe, Panhandle Post

Two Scottbluff men were arrested following a standoff. 

At approximately 5 p.m. on April 5 the Scottsbluff Police Department responded to the scene of a man who barricaded himself inside a house at 310 W. 24th Street.

The man was suspected to have multiple warrants for his arrest. He was not responding to officer’s demands to exit the residence.

"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," Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson said. "Velazquez was arrested for obstructing the investigation and booked into the Scotts Bluff County Jail."

 Officers entered the house and arrested 32 year-old Victor Mata III of Scottsbluff for numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Mata had seven arrest warrants. Six of those warrants charging him with failing to appear or failing to comply and 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," Wasson said.

Mata 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," Wasson added. "These reports are not accurate and no firearms were seized during this investigation."

The Scottsbluff Police Department was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance Services.