Knife-wielding man interrupts TV interview

Posted at 6:32 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 06:32:02-04

YAKIMA, WA (KAPP/CNN) - After a four-hour standoff, authorities arrested a man who allegedly chased two TV reporters and a city council candidate with a knife.

Police said Ray Gonzalez interrupted a scheduled interview with Yakima City Council candidate Jason White near a street.

"He approached us. He was angry. He was walking towards us. He told us, 'What are you doing?'" reporter Maria Leal said.

Leal was one of two TV reporters chased down around 11 a.m. The man approached unprovoked, throwing a bottle - then drawing a knife.

"I'm speaking for myself, I seriously felt like he was determined, like he seemed angry," Leal said. "We left everything behind so he got our cameras and pretty much threw them to the floor."

The two women and the council candidate ran for their lives. 

"He wasn't messing around," White said. "It wasn't a situation to take lightly."

Their attacker pushed down the cameras, ran after them, then barricaded himself inside a nearby home.

Leal called 911, and SWAT teams arrived for a standoff.

The SWAT team used tear gas and flash-bang grenades to lure him out, but he didn't surrender.

It wasn't until the SWAT team entered the house four hours into the standoff that Gonzalez was taken into custody.

Leal was shaken but determined, and grateful no one got hurt.

"We're just here to do our jobs to the best of our ability and just give information to the public," Leal said. "Anything else can be replaced, but if he had stabbed any of us, that's not replaceable."

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