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Police called on man with knife who claimed to have gun

CLEAR LAKE – On Saturday, February 1, 2014 Clear Lake Police received a call from Mara Mitchell at approximately 4:00 pm in the afternoon. She was at apartment #25 located at 708 S. 8th Street with several other people. Mara advised police that a 46 year old Hispanic male by the name of Victor Rivera was outside the apartment with a knife and she and other people at the apartment were fearful of him. She said that he had mentioned having a gun also.

When police arrived they found Rivera standing on the second floor landing outside the apartment. Rivera was ordered to put up his hands and come down from the landing. He did put his hands up, but would not comply with officer’s request to come down from the landing. Officers went up to his location and he would not comply with their instructions, so they physically restrained him and handcuffed him.

Officers talked to the people in the apartment and learned that Rivera had been in the apartment earlier and had physically assaulted 20 year old Jake Hansen of Clear Lake. After the assault Hansen left the apartment and Rivera had followed him outside where he confronted him again and a fight ensued. A couple residents from another apartment broke up the fight and Hansen went into a different apartment when the resident invited him in to avoid Rivera. Rivera went to his SUV and spoke to someone on a cell phone according to witnesses. A short time later he came out of the SUV brandishing a large knife. That is when Mara Mitchell called the police.

Armed with the knife, Rivera went back into apartment looking for Hansen. He stated that he was going to cut him. He left the apartment and the people inside locked the door and waited for the police. Rivera went back to his SUV and returned to the apartment but was not allowed back in. That was when officers arrived and found him standing outside the door.

Officer found no weapons on Rivera when he was arrested. A search warrant was executed on his vehicle and a large knife was found hidden under the dash. Residents that witnessed Rivera brandishing the knife identified it as the one he had brought into the apartment.

Rivera was taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail where he was charged with Going Armed with a Weapon with Intent to Harm Another, a class D Felony and Interference with Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor and Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor.

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