FREMONT — Telemarketers have no friends at dinnertime. Recipients of unwanted calls might like to imagine a telemarketer in handcuffs, immobilized, strapped inside a full-body restraint, arrested and hauled away by police. That’s exactly what happened to an argumentative telemarketer at 5:42 p.m. last Sunday in Fremont.
Only, the telemarketer was off-duty, busy arguing with his girlfriend instead, when her daughter intervened and the dispute soon escalated, prompting a phone call to Fremont police who effectively put the telemarketer on hold.
Fremont officers responded to a call for service at the Extended Stay America hotel, 5375 Farwell Place, where a caller reported that a man had cut and injured her with glass, when she had intervened in an argument.
Police said Robert L. Searcie, 31, was uncooperative when they arrived and located him in a parking lot behind the residential hotel. For his and the officers’ safety, Searcie was handcuffed and strapped inside four-piece body restraint, enabling police to immobilize, quiet and then arrest him.
Searcie was charged with resisting and obstructing an officer, battery and criminal threats. He was booked at 1:06 a.m. on Monday at Santa Rita Jail, where he remains on hold for $30,000 bail.