Suspect in Custody for Brandishing a Knife during an Attempted Robbery
NOVATO— A suspect is in custody for allegedly brandishing a knife and attacking another man during a violent attempted robbery. This attack happened in the vicinity of Redwood Boulevard and San Marin Drive.
Officers responded to a report of battery on August 16 at 9:40 p.m. Officers located the victim who reported that he was threatened by a man brandishing a knife, demanding his wallet.
The victim swung his backpack at the suspect in self-defense and tried to run away.
The suspect pursued the victim and managed to trip him.
The victim fell to the ground and the suspect commenced punching him several times in the face.
After beating up the victim, the suspect fled south from the area on a bicycle, without taking the victim’s wallet. However, the victim suffered serious injuries requiring medical treatment at a hospital.
The victim was able to provide a description of his assailant, and more officers were dispatched to search for him. About a half hour later, a man matching the description of the suspect was located less than a mile away.
Officers detained the suspect identified as Lamont Elkins, a 34-year-old resident of Novato. Elkins was arrested at 10:13 p.m. outside Brown’s Binyerd, a bar located at 1009 First Street.
Elkins was taken to Marin County Jail where he was booked. He remains in custody there in lieu of $250,000 bond.
His charges are attempted robbery, battery with serious bodily injury, and exhibiting a deadly weapon.