Columbus man tazed after violent run in with police
BY BIG MIKE LIVINGSTON
A Packet All-Star was tazed for the second time in less than six months over the weekend.
Early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, a routine traffic stop ended up with two people in jail and a warrant arrest. Travon Roby was in a white Hyundai Sonata with three other women. Police were out doing safety checkpoints around the area and stopped the car at 14th Avenue and 21 Street North.
Travon was sitting in the backseat on the driver side when he got out of the car and proceeded to run across 14th Avenue and into a field. Hunt shot Roby in the back with a Taser to get him to stop. Officer Hunt called for backup, and other officers arrived on scene to capture Roby. Travon resisted arrest, assaulting a police officer. Officer Boykin was punched in the face by Roby in the altercation, and Officer Hunt was also hurt. They cuffed him and put him in the back of the patrol car.
When medics got on scene they went to the cop car to see if he needed any medical assistance and he had slipped the cuffs under him. The cops went and got shackles, and when they were trying to put them on him he started yelling “police brutality.” Roby managed to crawl out of the car and he started resisting being put back in the car. The officers used force to get him in the car, and even pulled out a Taser hoping he would get back in. Roby has been tased many times – last time he made the front page in issue #1117 when he was tased in front of the Heidi Ho for resisting arrest.
Roby was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and two counts of simple assault on a police officer. Roby has a lengthy history of getting in trouble.
A subject named Harris was arrested for a warrant, but she was in a different car.
Roby was arrested in August 2014 after he ran from police following a shootout at a the good ol’ Heidi Ho Club on Columbus’ Southside. Roby, 24, of 901 11th St. S., was among three men who ran from police around midnight after the car they were travelling in was seen leaving the area of the Heidiho Lounge on 22nd Street South in Columbus. Officers were called to the scene by frightened spectators after an unidentified vehicle opened fire on a small group of people outside the club. Police, already in the area on close patrol, saw the car headed towards northside and immediately initiated pursuit. The car failed to stop and quickly went up MLK Boulevard, to Waterworks Road, before finally pulling onto Byrnes Circle, where at least one of the passengers jumped out and ran.
Roby was quickly caught by officers, but immediately began to resist. He was wrestled to the ground, where he continued to fight both officers. Eventually, an officer deployed his TASER, and Roby finally surrendered. Roby, who has a prior felony conviction on his record, was found to be in possession of a handgun- a violation of his probation. He was questioned about his involvement in the shooting, and held until Wednesday, when he was formally charged with 13 counts, including: failure to obey a police officer, resisting arrest, simple assault on a police officer, disobeying a traffic control device, no driver’s license, failure to obey a blue light, no driver’s license, DUI, disobeying a police officer, no insurance, reckless driving, simple assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon by a felon. He was issued a total bond of $10,225.
Nobody was injured in the shooting, but it was believed to be part of an ongoing violent dispute between Roby and another party.0