Boardman man arrested for assault after bizarre police confrontation
A Boardman man is behind bars after a bizarre confrontation with police over the weekend.
Keith Royal, 66, of Boardman, has been charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and possession of drugs.
This all stems from an incident on Saturday, Sept. 2. Officers were called to an apartment on the 1300 block of Redtail Hawk Drive for a report of a male screaming at a female.
Officers knocked on the door until the female burst out naked, with red marks around her neck and arms, according to a police report from Boardman Police.
Royal, completely naked, came to the door. Police say based on the circumstances of the female bursting out of the apartment and the visible damage on her skin, officer began to arrest the man.
During this, Royal tried shutting the doors on the officer and eventually tried fighting one of them.
After several commands to stand down, one of the arresting officers tasered the suspect until he fell to the ground. Officers then tried to arrest Royal, who resisted them and got tasered a second time.
At this time, Royal threatened to kill the officers and began to yell "help they are trying to rape me," and other profanities about the cops.
Once cuffed, according to the police report, Royal stuck his fingers into his rectum while trying to break out of his cuffs.
He began to yell out that he did not rape the female, who was later discovered to be a prostitute.
The female has accused Royal of attempting to rape her, though no official charges were filed for this according to the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office.
She was later found to have a crack pipe and a used syringe. The syringe, she explained was because she has diabetes and that's how she injects her insulin.
Officers did not locate any glucose meters, diabetic test strips or any other type of diabetic supplies.
The female was later arrested for illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Royal was arraigned Sept. 5, and his preliminary trial hearing has been set for Sept. 12.