A frightening scene within a Rohnert Park home ended with the arrested of a 24-year-old Rohnert Park man Saturday night.
Police said Anthony Rodriguez, 24, assaulted them with a knife, capping off a night of erratic behavior at a home on the 7500 block of Adrian Drive. Officers arrested Rodriguez on suspicion of assault on police officers with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and threats.
Police went to the home at 5:30 p.m., in response to a report of a man behaving erratically. Family members told police that Rodriguez had locked his mother in a bathroom a day prior, was yelling at family members and was behaving erratically.
Rohnert Park officers encountered Rodriguez in the kitchen of the home and Rodriguez allegedly began yelling and threatening them. Police said Rodriguez started throwing furniture at them, and threatened to kill them if they attempted to take him into custody.
“The officers immediately became concerned for their safety and tried to control Anthony,” according to a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety press release. “A violent struggle followed. Anthony fought against the officers’ efforts to take him into custody and armed himself with a knife that he had on his person.”
The officers tasered Rodriguez, who police said was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance and had possible mental health issues, three times.
“At the end of the third taser cycle, Anthony dropped the knife and was subsequently taken into custody,” police said.
Rodriguez sustained minor injuries during the arrest and received medical treatment before being taken to jail. The officers were not hurt.