Police Remove Unruly Passenger From Local Bus

Los Alamos police arrive at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of a report of an unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus that pulled over on Central Avenue near Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspected unruly passenger Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos exits the bus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Suspect Daniel Merrill gets loud and is instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back by LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto as Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias stands by with the bus driver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos police arrived at the scene of a reported unruly passenger on an Atomic City Bus. The bus pulled over at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday on Central Avenue near Knecht Street.

Cmdr. Preston Ballew explained that Daniel Merrill, 29, of Los Alamos was charged with disorderly conduct due to his unruly behavior on the bus and booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Facility.

Police previously arrested Merrill Feb. 24 at Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of assault on a police officer and battery on a police officer during an incident in the hospital’s emergency room. According to police incident reports, three LAPD officers responded to a report that Merrill had allegedly checked himself into the emergency room and was treated by hospital staff who reportedly gave him a prescription to be filled at a pharmacy.

At this point, Merrill allegedly became “belligerent and aggressive” toward hospital staff because they would not fill the prescription for him. When staff and police officers asked him to leave the facility, he reportedly threw his boots and a water bottle, yelled at officers and staff, spat at an officer, stood on a bed and punched a light fixture on the ceiling. Merrill also allegedly made accusations of inappropriate behavior by staff members and at one point suggested officers take a staff member “out back”, indicating that the staff member “needed to be taken outside and shot”.

According to the incident report, the officers then placed Merrill on the floor, cuffed him and transported him to the Los Alamos County Detention Center without further incident. He appeared before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados March 2 and was released on bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 4.

 

LAPD Ofc. Gabriel Nieto places Daniel Merrill under arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPD Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias and Ofc. Gabriel Nieto escort Daniel Merrill to a squad car for transport to jail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ofc. Gabriel Nieto removes items from Daniel Merrill’s pockets before placing him in the squad car for transport to jail. LAPD Sgt. Monica Salazar Casias and Ofc. David Boe stand by at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The scene wraps up and the suspect is taken to jail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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