Yolo County Man Arrested in Connection with Violent Assault in Dunnigan
Above: Items confiscated during search warrant
Courtesy of YCSO
Originally published 9-6-23 via Facebook
by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office:
“On August 29, 2023, Yolo County Sheriff Detectives, in collaboration with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and Belmont Police Department, executed a high-risk search warrant at a residence located in the City of Belmont, San Mateo County. The primary objective of this operation was to apprehend Hugo Daniel Morales Villela, a 37-year-old resident of Belmont, in connection with his involvement in a violent physical assault that took place on County Road 85 in the Yolo County town of Dunnigan.
During this distressing incident, the victim sustained facial injuries as a result of being struck with a firearm by the suspect. The assailant also discharged multiple rounds into the ground near the victim while uttering threats against the victim’s life.
Throughout the search warrant’s execution, Morales Villela attempted to hide crucial evidence by discarding items from a bedroom window located at the rear of the residence, which landed in an adjacent yard. Subsequent investigation revealed that these items included two firearms and several rounds of ammunition.
Morales Villela was taken into custody without incident and subsequently transported to the Yolo County Jail. He now faces a range of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and making criminal threats.”