BAKERSFIELD — A man wanted by authorities was taken into custody after trying to use a Taser on deputies at a Motel 6 in east Bakersfield on Saturday.
Richard Romo, 31 of Bakersfield, was booked into the Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility on charges of assault with a stun gun on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer and obstructing, delaying, and resisting a peace officer.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 13, when deputies responded to a Motel 6 located at 8223 East Brundage Lane in Bakersfield regarding a custody violation.
Upon their arrival, deputies found Romo, the father of a one-year old, along with the baby’s mother, all inside one of the second-floor rooms at the motel.
When deputies attempted to take Romo into custody for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for domestic violence and vandalism, he resisted. “Deputies attempted to pepper spray the suspect, which had no effect,” Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt said. “One of the deputies then attempted to use his Taser on the suspect, but the suspect was able to gain control of device, which was activated in the deputy’s hand.”
After a brief struggle, with the help of assisting deputies, the deputy was able to redirect the Taser away from himself and at the suspect, who was eventually taken into custody without further incident. No one else was injured during this incident.
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