Standoff and arrest


(icso.jpgPress Release – ICSO)  On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at about 11:42 A.M., Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance from Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Tribal Police responded to the area of Pa Me Lane regarding a male subject threatening a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.  The Edison Employee was working near the male subject’s property at the time.  The male subject barricaded himself inside of a residence upon Law Enforcements arrival.

The male subject was identified as, 38 year old Samuel Wayne Vega Jr.  After a brief standoff, Vega’s family along with personnel from the Sheriff’s Department talked Vega into exiting the residence where he was taken into custody.  Vega was transported to the Inyo County Jail where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and a felon in possession of a firearm.  Vega is being held on a $25,000.00 bond.



25 Responses to Standoff and arrest

  1. Mark July 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m thinking he probably wasn’t sober

    • The Aggressive Progressive August 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      So then why throw a terrorist threat on him if he’s potentially liquefied by the booze? this terrorist threat stuff is ridiculous… I mean what kind of pressures did this individual have going on at the time? because we would take that into consideration if it was a sports star or celebrity that we all knew! Not throw this ridiculous terrorist threat stuff that has emerged from this “culture of fear” that a lot of you sheep celebrate!

      • Wayne Deja August 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

        I guess,in ways,I have to agree with you….why the extra charge when,with the other charges and that infamous” felon in possession of a firearm” kinda shows this isn’t his first rodeo…When his day in court comes….if he has one and these charges here aren’t pleaded down to next to nothing,like they probably will be…but if he goes to court on this matter here,he’d probably be better off he were drunk during the incident…that way,at least able to somewhat explain his actions that day….as far as your saying “what kind of pressures did he have going on at the time”,that kind of excuse is wearing thin in the eyes of a lot of people,not only here in our area,but nationwide….including possible jurors…We all got DAILY pressures in life….including myself….but never once have I (allegedly) assaulted and chased off a utility worker with a firearm that was near my property…..

  2. earl duran July 30, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Twenty grand is that all for bail? that seems very low.

    • Wayne Deja July 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      earl duran….THAT is part of what I was saying in a different story and post… the court system seems to work….arrest….in jail….out….in….out……out,and back in again.If you check out the “citizen RIMS” on the Inyo County Sheriff web-site,you’d see what I mean…from checking out the arrests and inmates,I get the feeling I know some of these guys from looking at the same ole’ faces..and usually the same ole’ charges.

  3. GW July 30, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    “Hey, if I scare the Edison meter reader away, they’ll never shut off our power again! Yeah, that’s it.” Just Wow!

  4. Charles O. Jones July 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Glad cooler heads prevailed in this incident.

  5. Joel July 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Looks like Edison got what they deserved when they trespass on private property. The police took in the wrong guy, Edison thinks they can do whatever the hell they want. Karmas a b%#*ch.

    • Benett Kessler July 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      They are allowed to read their meters. That’s not trespassing. BK

    • Charles O. Jones July 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Odd perspective there Joel.

      Until you’re capable and willing to supply all of your own electricity needs, Edison has the legal right to enter your property – it’s not trespassing. If you don’t want them entering your property then cancel your contract with them and live in the dark.

      As far as “getting what they deserved”…it was the moron resident that got arrested and went to jail, not the Edison employee who was just doing his job.

  6. Rick O'Brien July 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Back-up from TRIBAL POLICE ? Are they SWORN officers and do they have any authority OFF the res. ? Last I heard, the tribal police consisted of a chief,only. I know that the sheriff up in Mineral County, (Hawthorne,Nevada) deputized all the tribal police officers from the Walker River Res. , and in turn, their chief did the same for all his deputies, so they could cover each others turf in a SHTF situation. Same deal in Bishop ?

  7. Wayne Deja July 31, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    This type of thing doesn’t just happen with Edison….A few years ago,one week I left a door-hanger at a residence on the res for an over-due TV cable bill…and when it still wasn’t paid by the following week I was sent there again to shut-off…while doing it,the front door of the house swung open,and a rather large female came bursting out running towards me,screaming,yelling and threatening.I jumped in the truck and sped off.Went back to the company,told the supervisor,he kinda shook his head,probably thinking I was making something out of nothing…so he went to do it….a few minutes later he returned…sweating and looking like he’d seen a ghost…same thing happened to him….

    • Rick O'Brien July 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      Is she still getting FREE cable ?

  8. Mark July 31, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Common factor is the Res Wayne

    • Pedro July 31, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Care to expand on the “Res” comment? First, we’re talking two examples from two different neighborhoods. Second, some of our worst behaved citizens sometimes live in the biggest, whitest houses.

      • Mark August 1, 2014 at 9:05 am #

        Judging by the likes I’ll leave the explaining to someone else.

        But I will add no wonder I was told by a Bishop P.D. LEO he didn’t want to go on the RES without a hand grenade.

        • Trouble August 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

          Mark- Bishop PD does not go the the res. The sheriff covers it. And I bet that officer would be fired if he admitted to making that comment.

      • Wayne Deja August 1, 2014 at 11:16 am #

        Pedro…My comment wasn’t supposed to come across as racist by any means….in fact,quite the contrary….In my community,some of the worst kind of people living on the res are caucasion…not stereo-typing or trying to bad-mouth the Native-Americans at all.

        • The Aggressive Progressive August 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

          You know what? You two are just taking up air waves because you like to see yourself online, just like a troll (Mark and Wayne)… Don’t give me this about how the law enforcement would say they wouldn’t go on the Reserve (Rez) without a hand grenade? what a coward is all I have to say to that officer, and Wayne wants to bring other instances to the table how the Res can be equipped with big and scary gals that make you run for the hills because Your FEAR is taking control of the way you think about your neighbor..

          So in other words I don’t like how the both of you can easily throw statements like that and not consider the other people on the Reserve that have to deal with those types of individuals that act erratic on a daily… Y’all just have to drive by it!

          So please, just know you look simple minded and only reinforce others to think its okay to repeat that garbage!

          I guess in history the white man always feared the Native people (indigenous), why else do people lie, cheat, steal and use power to hold the others and their way of life down?

          And now we see federal agencies coming to the tribes and asking for tribes to share any and all known Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that is within the stories and ways the people sustained themselves among the natural order of laws (Nature), because this white mans world we see that has NO culture or value system that generations can pass on, besides this ridiculous consumer culture that continues to break the connection we Numu (people) have with the land, water plants and animals…

  9. Wayne Deja July 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Mark…..yep !!

  10. Trouble August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Mark and Wayne, your last few comments kind of suck! 99%of the people in all our communities are good people.

    • Wayne Deja August 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Trouble….Have you checked out the Inyo County Sheriffs web-site and it’e “citizen RIMS” ?….and the revolving door it is for some in and out of jail….and back in again….then out…and then in ?..and some of the charges they are facing….over and over again…Maybe politically correct to say “99 % of people here,or for that matter anywhere, are good people….but in reality,let’s be serious..

      • Trouble August 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

        Wayne, I can go on for hours about our revolving door court system. Bottom line is our whole legal system is totally stacked against the poor and uneducated. If these folks had enough money to pay there fines and legal fees, there wouldn’t be a third of them going to jail. And I still think your earlier comments reek of naive racism . There really are a lot of good hard working people on the res.

        • Wayne Deja August 2, 2014 at 5:57 am #

          Trouble….Think what you want ….

          • DESCO August 2, 2014 at 10:20 am #

            99% is way to big a number. 75% maybe. Look at the daily Inyo sheriffs crime report.


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