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MAN WITH A KNIFE AT SOUTH GATEWAY STUDENT HOUSING
On Wednesday, September 1st at about 7:40 pm, Mammoth Lakes Police responded to a call of an intoxicated subject with a knife at the Cerro Coso South Gateway Student Housing dorms. Officers were also told that the reporting party was holding the door so the suspect couldn’t get in. The two on-duty MLPD officers responded to the scene. Upon arrival, they found the suspect had retreated into his dorm room. Officers saw blood on the suspect and on almost every surface in the room. Officers attempted to get control of the suspect who physically resisted. The suspect forced officers to deploy O.C. (pepper spray) to get him into custody. MLPD officers recovered four knives which had been brandished at several students and which the suspect used to repetitively stab the drywall. One of the knives was actually a heavy metal club. The club, which was about two feet long, unscrewed to reveal a ten inch long sharpened blade. With the blade screwed into the handle, the club became an approximately three foot long spear.
Monroy’s blood alcohol level was found to be .228%.
After decontamination from the pepper spray and a medical clearance at Mammoth Hospital, the suspect, 23 year old Robert Isaac MONROY of Mammoth Lakes, was transported to the Mono County jail where he was booked for 12020(a)(1) PC, Possession of an Illegal Weapon. His bail was set at $20,000.
Fortunately, none of the students, staff or MLPD officers were injured. Monroy received minor injuries.
Officers later learned that students and staff had been trying to deal with Monroy for about two hours prior to calling MLPD. Also, Monroy caused a significant amount of damage to the dorms. As the investigation continues, additional charges may be filed.
For Further Information Contact Sgt. Marc Moscowitz at (760) 934-2011 x 68