A California man appeared in court Monday on charges following a stand-off with Lake Havasu City Police officers in an allegedly stolen vehicle.
On Aug. 31, Lake Havasu City Police officers attempted to stop Anthony A. Romero, 34, on the London Bridge for a traffic violation. According to the police report, Romero refused to pull over for officers. Romero allegedly led police on a chase through a Lake Havasu Avenue parking lot before stopping, according to police.
Police approached Romero’s vehicle with weapons drawn, and ordered Romero to throw the vehicle’s keys out his window. Romero initially refused, the report said, but threw his keys onto the ground after the order was given again. Romero was ordered to exit his vehicle, and allegedly refused.
“You’re going to have to kill me or I will kill myself,” Romero was quoted by officers in the police report.
Romero remained inside his vehicle and opened the passenger-side window, the report said, before he began to throw out items of drug paraphernalia – including several smoking pipes. Officers gave Romero several more commands to exit his vehicle, the report said, during which Romero could be heard loudly playing a harmonica.
Lake Havasu City SWAT officers were eventually able to remove Romero from the vehicle by force. According to police, Romero was taken to Havasu Regional Medical Center for evaluation when officers believed he might harm himself.
Romero’s vehicle was reported stolen from California one day earlier, as was the additional license plate officers found inside the car.
Romero was released from the hospital Sept. 2, and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail. He was charged with theft, resisting arrest, unlawful flight from law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence, driving with a suspended or revoked license and one count of criminal littering.
Romero is scheduled to appear in Mohave Superior Court on Oct. 15 for a pre-trial conference. As of Monday he remained in custody at Mohave County Jail on $5,000 bond.