Sheriff’s deputy tases Michigan man who resisted arrest

Kevin Alan Hermann

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy tased a Michigan man who resisted being arrested for two active criminal warrants.

Kevin Alan Hermann, whose address is listed as Niles, Mich., was wanted for domestic battery by strangulation in a warrant issued June 27, and for grand theft and dealing in stolen property in a warrant issued May 30. The deputy located Hermann around 7 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Steak and Shake restaurant at 5180 NE 24th St. in Ocala, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy grabbed Hermann’s left arm and told him to get on the ground while informing him of his active warrants. Hermann immediately began to resist and tensed his arms. The deputy asked him to stop resisting and lay on the ground, but Hermann refused to listen to the commands and began to pull away, the report said.

At that point, the deputy unholstered his taser and told Hermann he would use it if he didn’t comply. Hermann continued to pull away and began to run. The deputy deployed his taser and both probes struck Hermann in his upper back area. Hermann fell to the ground, and the deputy tried to place Hermann’s hands behind his back. Herman struck the deputy twice in the chest using his fists and tried to kick him, according to the report.

Hermann was able to get on his feet and began to run north from the parking lot. The deputy caught up with him and grabbed him by the right shoulder. Hermann turned around and continued to resist until the deputy knee struck him in the chest. Hermann fell to the ground and still refused to place his hands behind his back. The deputy knee struck Hermann again on the left side of his body to gain compliance, the report said.

In addition to the charges listed in the warrants, Hermann was charged with resisting an officer with violence and battery on an officer. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $35,000 bond. Hermann is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 13.