Police use stun gun on man

Father, daughter arrested in domestic violence call on charges of resisting officers

Local police used an electronic stun device to subdue a local man who refused to comply with an officer's commands early Saturday morning.

According to the report, officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Montecito Avenue, responding to a domestic violence report phoned in shortly after 4 a.m. on April 2. The officers found a father and daughter, both under the influence of alcohol, arguing loudly.

Police said 46-year-old John Romo became belligerent with the two officers, one of whom attempted to place Romo under arrest. Romo resisted, and the second officer intervened.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 260-pound Romo, continued to refuse to cooperate, leading the first officer to "drive" stun the man, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie -- who explained that a "drive" stun is a close-quarters stun, which does not deploy the barbed projectile portion of the stun gun.

While police were struggling to gain control of Romo, his daughter -- Veronica Romo, 22 -- who had been yelling at her father when police arrived, turned her anger on the officers, swearing at them and ignoring their commands, Wylie said.

She eventually calmed down after Romo was subdued and a third officer arrived at the apartment complex. Both of the Romos were arrested and charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

John Romo was taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries -- standard procedure anytime someone is subdued with an electronic stun device, Wylie said. He had minor bruises and an abrasion on his knee. He was then booked into the main jail.

Veronica was taken straight to the main jail, Wylie said.


Posted by Know-It-All, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

FYI: The Main Jail is located at 150 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 [Web Link]

Posted by Bubble_Head, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

If the "mail jail" is in lowercase, it implies it is located in Mountain View? I guess it should be in uppercase, which refers to the "Main Jail" in San Jose?

Posted by Guy, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Who is Ramos?

Posted by Mr Rogers, a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Seriously, where did this 260 lb Ramos guy come from? He should have been arrested too.


Posted by A. Reader, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

Is Ramos in the Main Jail?

Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

"...responding to a domestic violence report phoned in..."
Was this call to police placed by a neighbor or some 3rd party?

Posted by Jon Wiener, a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

I hate to join the chorus of nitpickers, but I think it's "drive" and not "drize." (On the other hand, you can always just make the corrections and delete these comments--isn't the web great?).

On the surface, this seems like it may not have been an appropriate use of a Taser, especially because he was clearly intoxicated. The limited research I've seen suggests that a Taser is much riskier and lethal when the suspect is intoxicated. Does the department have any protocol regarding that?

Posted by t-bone, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

If you are drunk and fighting with the police you leave yourself open to being tasered, shot or clubbed....all three would be better in my book. Thank you to the Mt. View Police for cleaning up this piece of trash (and his piece of trash daughter).

Posted by jusme, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Here "we" go again - all the comments made above, re: this story, are real good examples of people with ABSOLUTELY nothing to do. Again, I must say PATHETIC. In the same train of thought - -
get a life, please, for the sake of the children!! Get out in the sun, pull some weeds, wave at the neighbors. Get out of your respective caves while you're still able.

Posted by trevor, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Good Job MVPD, finally doing something right in taking them to jail. Should have checked their legal status as well.

Posted by jusme, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Re: t-bone's entry above, you "snuck in" before I could get my reply sent. I certainly wasn't referring to your words. You are right on!!

Posted by stupjusme, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

jusme, you really sound like you need some help. Mentally unstable is not what we need here. Get HELP NOW!! I know you have nothing to do but get to your nearest ER soon before you hurt yourself or someone else.

Posted by PROjusme, a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

jusme seems just fine to me. Not sure why anyone would label him or her mentally unstable, except to try to shut down someone who disagrees with you. Try using reasoning to support your own point instead.

Posted by Mr. Rogers, a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

@jusme: Pot, meet Kettle. Hypocrite.

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