SOUTH OF RENO — At approximately 9:50 a.m. Monday, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael John Paszek, a 53-year-old Washoe Valley resident, after searching for him for over 15 hours.
Sunday evening around 6:27 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Bowers Mansion Station #30 on a report of an injured female claiming to have been a victim of an assault. The female was transported by two unknown persons to the local fire station and she walked in to Station #30 to seek help. The female reported that Michael John Paszek, whom she has an active Extended Protective Order (EPO) against, battered and falsely imprisoned her inside a vehicle.
The victim mentioned Paszek was armed at the time of the assault and had access to other weapons. The last time she saw Paszek, he was out of the vehicle. The victim’s injuries were consistent with being in a physical altercation. She did not have a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, where she was admitted for further examination and treatment.
Due to Paszek’s accessibility to firearms, being without a vehicle for transportation and in close proximity to the Davis Creek Regional Park/Campground, it was determined that Davis Creek Park would be evacuated and the roadway shut down. The Nevada Highway Patrol assisted in shutting down traffic on Old 395 Highway. The Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team, K9 Teams, Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiators, RAVEN Helicopter flight crew, and additional patrol units were called to assist in the search for Paszek. The crews searched overnight and into the morning. At approximately 9 a.m., Sheriff’s Detectives made contact with Paszek by phone and Paszek agreed to turn himself in at Davis Creek Park within the hour.
At approximately 9:50 a.m., Paszek surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies at Davis Creek Park without incident. Paszek was arrested and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility, where he was booked on one misdemeanor count of Domestic Battery (2nd Offense), one count of False Imprisonment (gross misdemeanor), and one count of violating an Extended Protective Order (misdemeanor). Paszek’s bail was set at $10,500.