Mar 24, 2016
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A sex registrant was allegedly spotted by police last weekend driving in the wrong direction on Regatta Boulevard near the Richmond Police Department headquarters, and with five children ranging in age from 1 to 9 in the back seat.

The incident unfolded about 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. An officer first noticed the suspect driving in the wrong direction toward him. After noticing the marked police car, the suspect quickly made a U-turn and drove away, but the officer made the traffic stop, Tan said.

The officer soon learned the suspect is a parolee and sex registrant. There was a woman in the front passenger seat of his four-door sedan, and five children in the back seat, Tan said. The suspect is the father to one of the children. All children were related to the woman passenger.

“As a condition of his parole, he is not allowed to be in contact with any minors,” Tan said.

Though he was detained, it was not without incident.

“As soon as the suspect learned he was going back to jail, he began cursing at the officers and kicking the windows and doors of the patrol car while he was handcuffed,” Tan said. “The suspect’s kick was powerful enough to damage one of the doors.”

Police released the image above to show the damaged window.

The suspect was placed in a device that controlled his leg movements, but not before he spat on the face of one of the officers, Tan said.

All the children were released to the custody of the female passenger, Tan said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.