Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Arrest of Lake County Homicide Suspect (187 PC)
Report Number:
2014-2625    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Arrest of Lake County Homicide Suspect (187 PC)
Location:
4000 block of Feliz Creek Road Hopland, Ca
When: Date: 01-29-2014 Time: 3:15 PM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Dakota Velez 19 Lakeport, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Jason Caudillo
Synopsis: On 01-29-2014, at 1500 hours, Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives learned that homicide suspect, Dakota Velez, was believed to be hiding in the Feliz Creek Road area of Hopland.

Lake County Sheriff's Detectives had an arrest warrant for Velez in regards to a homicide that occurred in the Lakeport area earlier in the week.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives and Patrol Deputies responded to the Feliz Creek Road area where they located a vehicle being driven by Velez's mother.

A traffic stop of the vehicle was conducted and it was determined that Velez was not inside the vehicle, but was staying at a residence located in the 4000 block of Feliz Creek Road.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives, Patrol Deputies, and multiple K-9 units, including one K-9 team from the Willits Police Department, responded to and surrounded the residence.

Communication was established with Velez inside the residence and he exited shortly thereafter and surrendered to Sheriff's Detectives.

Velez was placed under arrest for the active warrant and eventually released to the custody of Lake County Sheriff's Detectives.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten