A 28-year-old Pottstown man named Dusten J. Rhodes was subdued with stun gun and taken into custody in Birdsboro on Sunday after resisting arrest on an outstanding warrant for parole violations. He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. He was arraigned on Monday in front of Berks County District Judge Michael G. Hartman and placed in Berks County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
According to the Birdsboro police they were called at 700 E St. About 11 a.m. for a report of a suspicious male in a car behind the apartment building. The caller said the man was in a car parked in the 100 block of Currant Street, and that he had taken off his shirt and was in his car cutting up another shirt.
The caller told police she asked the man if he needed help. He said he was waiting for a friend he was supposed to pick up. The caller said the man’s behaviour was “strange”. Responding to the call the police arrived and approached the man, who identified himself as Dusten Rhodes and said the car was a rental. When one of the officers ran his information through the National Crime Information Centre database, he saw that there was an outstanding bench warrant for him on parole violation in Chester County.
The report on Rhodes stated that he has “violent tendencies”. Once it was confirmed that the warrant was valid the officer approached Rhodes’ vehicle and told him he was being arrested on the warrant. He asked Rhoads to get out of the car. Instead of following the instruction Rhoads turned the car on and locked its doors. The officer was able to reach into the car through the partially opened driver’s side window and turn the car off.
He was pulled out of the car by the officers and was handcuffed.