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.