|Bad prostitution deal leads to gunfire, arrest
A man from the Sacramento area was arrested in Petaluma on Feb. 8 by the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety after what appeared to be a prostitution deal gone awry.
According to a RPDPS report, officers were dispatched to the Roadway Inn on Redwood Drive in response to a report of shots being fired. Numerous 911 calls were made, and a vehicle description and suspect information was relayed to the responding officers.
The alleged suspect, 34-year-old Christopher Jerome Roberson of North Highlands, attempted to flee the area by driving southbound on Highway 101. Officers at the Roadway Inn discovered evidence of shooting, including spent shell casings and a vehicle with a shattered driver’s side window.
Officers drove southbound on Highway 101 in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle. RPDPS officers located the suspect vehicle south of the Cotati Grade and initiated a felony car stop in the area of Highway 101 and Lakeville Highway in Petaluma.
The two occupants, one a female, in the car both were taken into custody without incident and transported back to the RPDPS station.
Upon interviewing the two in custody, RP authorities determined the shooting derived from a prostitution deal that went bad. According to the report, RPDPS alleged Roberson had shot at a parked vehicle in the Roadway Inn parking lot while the alleged victim John fled on foot when the gun was brandished.
The female, believed to be a prostitute, was questioned and released.
Roberson was booked into Sonoma County Jail on charges of burglary, pimping, brandishing a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of cocaine.