Stock Island man charged with knife threats

A Stock Island man is in jail, charged with threatening people with a butcher knife.

When Deputy Lazaro Valdes arrived on Suncrest Street at 4 p.m. last Sunday, he saw a group of people in the area. He also saw 26 year old Yendry Vega holding a butcher knife in a threatening manner, as if he were going to attack the group. He held Vega at gunpoint until backup officers arrived to help.

Investigations and interviews with witnesses revealed Vega had been making noise in the yard of his residence, throwing things and yelling obscenities. A neighbor who is friends with Vega attempted to calm him, holding him in a “bear hug” until he calmed down. When he let Vega go, Vega agreed to go back inside his residence. He returned a short time later, though, with the butcher knife.

Vega was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was booked into jail.

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