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Weapons brandished over weekend in Grass Valley, police say

Curtis John Mamula

Grass Valley police are familiar with the man accused of brandishing a knife while chasing his victim.

Curtis John Mamula, 33, of Auburn, faces a misdemeanor brandishing charge in connection with a Saturday incident near Freeman Lane, Sgt. Clint Bates said. Arrested that afternoon, Mamula remained jailed Monday on $10,000 in bond, jail records state.

“Mamula is well known to law enforcement,” Bates said.

Police said Mamula was involved in one of two brandishings over the weekend. A Sunday brandishing, which police call unrelated, involved juveniles. Officers cited one person in that incident.

Officers arrested Mamula Saturday afternoon after responding to the 600 block of Freeman Lane, Bates said.

An officer was in that area earlier because of Mamula, who was being loud and boisterous. The same officer returned around 4:15 p.m. to Freeman Lane and spoke to someone who’d been walking on a nearby trail, Bates said.

“He explained that a suspect had chased him and brandished a knife and a long, steel rod,” the sergeant added.

The officer spotted Mamula nearby, recognizing him. A large knife and around 3-foot rod were found on him, Bates said.

The second, unrelated brandishing involved a firearm, which police later determined was an Airsoft pistol without its orange safety markings, a release states.

According to reports, Grass Valley officers responded around 7 p.m. Sunday to reports of a man brandishing a gun at juveniles in the 200 block of South Auburn Street. Someone pointed a black “pistol” at the group before driving off.

Officers located the suspect’s vehicle shortly afterward on Lime Kiln Road, finding two boys inside but no firearm. The boys claimed the gun was given to someone before the traffic stop, and was instead an Airsoft pistol, not an actual weapon, a release states.

One was cited for brandishing a firearm and released to his parents. The other was released without charges, police said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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