TAFT — A 38-year old Taft man is behind bars after he allegedly attempted to rape his former girlfriend earlier this month. Jerrod Romagno was booked into the Taft City Jail for kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault to commit rape, threaten with intent to terrorize and spousal battery.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Romagno’s arrest resulted from a chain of events that began on February 4, when Romagno contacted his former girlfriend and asked her to meet him at a house located in south Taft.
Once at the residence, Romagno refused to allow the woman to leave, before forcing her to go to another residence, where he allegedly tried to rape her the next day. However, the victim was able to escape from the location and call for help.
That’s when deputies received a call at around 9 a.m. on February 5, of a male chasing a female on in the 900 block of Pico Street in south Taft. When deputies arrived they said they spotted Romagno and took him into custody.