Woman arrested for holding mother hostage escapes West Sacramento police custody

5:59 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman who was taken into custody after a 9-hour police standoff escaped from the West Sacramento Police Department while waiting to be booked.

Melissa Dodd, 38, was arrested at a home on Kegle Drive around 4 a.m. Thursday after she held her mother hostage around 7 p.m. Wednesday, West Sacramento police Lt. Tod Stockman said.

The West Sacramento Fire Department first responded to the home after getting a call of a man in need of medical assistance. When the woman tried to come out of the home during the call, she was pulled back in by her daughter, Dodd, and held at gunpoint.

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SWAT was called to the standoff and able to get a phone to the mother and daughter inside. Stockman said SWAT learned through a call that Dodd slit her wrists. Police were able to make their way inside of the home and take Dodd to a hospital for treatment.

After being treated, Dodd was taken to the West Sacramento Police Department to be booked into jail. Sgt. Nathan Steele said Dodd was able to get out of the interview area and then out of the building. She was re-arrested a couple of block down the road from the department without incident.

Steele said the police department is taking measures to ensure an incident like this doesn't happen again.


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