February 29, 2024
Carlsbad police car. Picture by Chris Stone

Carlsbad police arrested a 33-year-old man at a motel Sunday after he brandished a samurai sword at paramedics responding to an unrelated medical emergency.

Police had been dispatched round 9:40 a.m. Sunday to the Carlsbad Village Inn, at 1006 Carlsbad Village Drive, in response to the police.

Officers tried to make contact with the person, recognized as Eliot Rauk, by way of the door of his motel room. He allegedly threatened to kill them, and police reported that he had been seen by way of the room’s window holding a handgun.

Some areas of the motel had been evacuated, with the Carlsbad SWAT crew responding shortly afterward.

Rauk barricaded himself within the motel room for a number of hours whereas the police division’s Disaster Negotiation Staff tried to contact him by telephone.

At 2:36 that afternoon, after police reached him, Rauk exited his room and was safely taken into custody.

After a radical search of the room, authorities discovered a samurai sword and a semiautomatic handgun.

Rauk was transported to Tri-Metropolis Hospital for a medical analysis and can be booked into Vista Jail on suspicion of creating terrorist threats, unlawfully brandishing a weapon and threats of violence towards a police officer.

– Metropolis Information Service