Sarasota man arrested after refusing to put down rod in Manatee Glens
SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence after he ignored warnings to put down a rod and was believed to have an intent to strike deputies with it, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
At 7:07 p.m. Thursday, 19-year-old Nickolas P. Ostermann was arrested after being brought to the Manatee Glens treatment center, 2020 26th Ave E, Bradenton, to be seen by medical staff. According to a report, Ostermann was taken to a room, broke a metal rod off the wall and began damaging the room. Law enforcement officials were called and, when they arrived, Ostermann had the rod in his hand.
"The defendant was given commands to drop the rod and lay on the ground but ignored all orders," the report states. "Upon opening the door to his room he was given commands to drop the rod which he ignored again."
According to deputies, they believed Ostermann would strike them with the rod after he approached them, raised the rod over his head and ignored all commands to stop. He was struck by an electronic control weapon and placed under arrest. Ostermann was booked in jail and is being held without bond.
Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.