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February 20, 2024

Hollister police suspect transient of assault with metal pipe

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

Hollister Police arrest suspect for assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on October 21, 2020.
 
On October 21, 2020, at about 8:30 am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Monterey Street regarding a man, later identified as Kurt Stahl (61), allegedly brandishing a long piece of metal pipe and trespassing. 
 
Officer Ornelas contacted the witness and his investigation revealed Stahl, who is a local transient, was asked to leave the property and he retaliated by charging at the person and attempting to strike her with a metal pipe.
 
Officers circulated in the area and located Kurt Stahl on the 900 block of San Benito Street.  Stahl was still holding the metal pipe and Officer Campos attempted to contact him.  Stahl refused orders to drop the pipe and fled toward a more populated area of Downtown.  Officer Campos gave chase on foot and Stahl swung the pipe (later determined to be a 3 foot long piece of metal squared tubing) toward Officer Campos. Officer Campos utilized his department issued Taser on Stahl.  The Taser immobilized Stahl and he was then taken into custody without further incident. 
 
Stahl was arrested for felony Assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing of a weapon, resisting arrest and trespassing.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries related to him falling after the Taser deployment.  He was subsequently booked at the San Benito County Jail for the listed charges.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Officer Ornelas at 831-638-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

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