Hallucinating man threatens uncle with machete, rifle

PALMDALE – A 42-year-old man, who thought people with guns were trying to kill him, barricaded himself in a Palmdale home Sunday afternoon and held his uncle hostage with a machete and a rifle, authorities said.

Nemecio Magallanes was eventually talked out of the home and then arrested at 2:30 p.m. for assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. A semi-automatic rifle, along with a large amount of rounds, were recovered from inside the location. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The following is the press report from the Palmdale Station:

Palmdale Station Deputies responded to the location [residence at the 37500 Block of 37th Street East in Palmdale] in response to the suspect reporting there were three persons with guns trying to kill him. After deputies arrived, the suspect refused to exit the location and kept hanging up the phone.

A second person from inside the location (victim, uncle of the suspect) then called, stating the suspect was holding him against his will inside the bedroom. He said the suspect was hallucinating and threatening him with a machete.

Deputies contained the location and attempted to talk the suspect out of the location. A deputy on a containment spot observed the suspect through a window walking around with a rifle.

Special Enforcement Bureau deputies (SWAT team) were notified and they responded. While they were en-route, the suspect released the victim and he was safely secured and was uninjured.

As the Special Enforcement Bureau deputies arrived via Air-5 (helicopter) at a nearby field, the suspect walked out of the location while holding the machete. He cooperated with the deputies commands and he was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was booked at Palmdale Station for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and False Imprisonment. His bail was listed at $50,000.

A search warrant was issued for the location and a semi-automatic rifle, along with a large amount of rounds, were recovered from inside the location.

  9 comments for “Hallucinating man threatens uncle with machete, rifle

  1. Anon
    July 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Leave Me Alone…. It’s nice to know that there are still people with a heart on this Site. There are way too many negative comments in these stories. I just pray that the family doesn’t read any of this. They have enough going on.

  2. Frank
    July 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Oh no, not another Hispanic name in the news. How unusual.

    • Leave me alone
      July 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

      This is most likely a case of someone having a psychotic break, which is a mental health issue. Whether he was Hispanic, black, white, or green is irrelevant.

      • Frank
        July 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Well, thank you Dr. Leave Me. Mystery solved.

        • Leave me alone
          July 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

          It seems to be a trend that EVERY story on here is attributed to race in the comments. Maybe if you EVER worked around people suffering from psychosis or, god forbid, had a loved one suffering from mental illness you wouldn’t be so quick to pass judgement or defend those who are.

          Comments like that are just cold and callous. I know I shouldn’t feed you, trolls, but there is NOTHING funny about what any of the people involved in this story went/are going through.

          • Harold
            July 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

            It’s easy to blame all your crazy behavior on psychosis, PTSD, PMS, etc., but it all boils down being an idiot and not being able to control yourself…People who claim to have psychosis are just weak in the I.Q. department.

          • Harold
            July 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

            I suppose that the next thing the good doctor Leave Me will say that alcoholism is a “disease”, when everybody knows that there is no disease that causes a person to go to the liquor store, buy a bottle of vodka, twist off the cap (or take out the stopper, if one is into finer grades), and dump it into his/her pathetic mouth. Alcoholism is a weakness….nothing more, nothing less.

          • Stinger
            July 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

            Harold, now ‘everybody knows’ that you are clearly without a clue when it comes to any mental and physical comorbid disorders.

          • Leave me alone
            July 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            Funny how you refer to me as “Dr.” so sarcastically when you are the one asserting that you know more than has been discovered in medicine. I’m not going to spend any time educating you on the subject of neurology or behavioral health because I am pretty sure it is too late for a hard-headed bigot like you to have his mind changed. I will say this, however:

            You may not be able to empathize with mental health issues, not many people can, but just because YOU don’t suffer from it does not mean that no one does. I hope you realize how fortunate you are to be so ignorant to such matters.

Comments are closed.