San Rafael Man Allegedly Goes Berserk Downtown

Police need five officers to take man into custody after he reportedly threatened Sol Food diners with a fork and tried to steal someone’s ATM card.

A San Rafael man allegedly ran amok downtown Friday evening and five police officers and a number of Taser strikes were needed to finally bring him into custody.

Aikeem Lloyd Roberts, 23, was booked into Marin County Jail at around 11 p.m. Friday night on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, misdemeanor battery, obstructing police and violating probation.

San Rafael Police Sgt. Mike Vergara said police received multiple reports of Roberts being aggressive and uncooperative at businesses and restaurants downtown Friday afternoon, including brandishing a fork and challenging patrons to a fight at restaurant on Lincoln Ave. at around at 6:50 p.m.

Officers responded to the scene and attempted to place Roberts in handcuffs when he allegedly went berserk, violently struggling with officers, punching one and kicking another in the head. Vergara said Roberts then fled the scene, running down Fourth Street before police used a Taser strike to briefly subdue him outside the restaurant.

The 200-pound Roberts was subdued for a few seconds before he resisted again, Vergara said, and police Tased him several more times. At one point, Roberts briefly grabbed a small child in his attempt to flee police, but did not harm the child, Vergara said.

Finally, five officers were able to bring Roberts to the ground and take him into custody at around 7:10 p.m., Vergara said.

After they did so, officers were approached by a man who said that Roberts had attempted to steal his ATM card at the at Fourth and A streets several minutes earlier.

Roberts was taken to Marin General Hospital for evaluation before being booked into jail. He remains in custody. Bail was set at $75,000.

Kristin February 27, 2011 at 09:00 AM
I was there last Fridaynnight at the Pizza Place. Saw more than 5 Police Officers bring this guy down. The acted very quickly to a very scarey situation. The Pizza Place staff tried to calm everyone inside and held the front enterance door shut while the suspect was being tazed and subdued. A few patrons reacted incensed that the Police were tasering the guy- but clearly we all had no idea how dangerous the whole situation was- until after the fact. Well done SRPD and Pizza Orgasmica!
Sue February 28, 2011 at 05:00 PM
San Rafael has become a very dangerous place. Between the illegals and all the parolees from San Quentin and then add the fact that you have a Mayor and Supervisor Susan Adams whom think with their hearts and note their minds, you have a disaster called downtown San Rafael. Keep your kids close at hand, they are being raped and molested at an alarming rate.
Bob March 01, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Pizza Orgasmica must be wondering about the neighborhood they've moved in to. First they were vandalized by a rival pizzeria, and now this scene.
Aline O'Brien April 19, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Dangerous? Downtown San Rafael? It sure doesn't seem dangerous to me, and I live very near to downtown. I have found that since I've contributed to some of the services put on by the interfaith street ministry (annual memorial for those who've died in the streets; annual Thanksgiving Eve service; Earth Day celebration last year -- not this year as it falls on Good Friday and there are more Abrahamics than any other religious practitioners, and they are busy with Passover and Good Friday), the people who live in the streets and parks have my back. I feel very safe walking around town alone, even though I am a senior. A smile and a friendly hello go a long way.
Jane Gray May 26, 2011 at 01:25 AM
I was just telling a friend today at work, one reason San Rafael is more dangerous? is the fact that SQ prison, bus them to the bus depot, and drop them off. They have little funds to ride a bus far, so they go get free clothes at Ritter house, I worked there some time back, and they stay over maybe in a motel (nice hot showers and Ritter also provides, medical help, showers, laundry, foods)so It attracts those who need the help along with the SQ drop off's who also need the help, but then have no funds to leave Marin County. I read where 30,000 inmates will be released in California within the next two years, due to over crowding? Wow, I think we need to seriously look at this situation and what it may mean to Marin/ San Rafael. I volunteered with the Homeward bound program and it is one great organization for homeless people. Trouble is I was told at the shelter by responsible homeless people,That many CHOOSE to be on the "streets" because they do not want to conform or have rules in their life, that is often coupled with drugs and desperation. We need to think about moving the Ritter type facility away from downtown location perhaps , and also the Soup kitchen down town. Not far, but away from crowded areas of the citywhere parents bring their children,elders walking, and families are at our restuarants. Any Idea's? jg
Aikeem Lloyd Roberts March 08, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Hey whats up ya'll this Is the Mr. Aikeem Lloyd Roberts coming to you as a friend and if you hate what you read about me that's sad because you hardly even know me.


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