A man accused of being a pimp was arrested by Rohnert Park police Saturday night after allegedly shooting out the window of a car during a prostitution deal gone bad.
Christopher Jerome Roberson, 34, of North Highlands was taken into custody after police pulled him and a female prostitute over in Petaluma.
The incident began around 8:15 p.m. with numerous calls of shots fired outside the Roadway Inn on Redwood Drive. Arriving police found shell casings and a car with a shattered driver's side window, police said.
After receiving a description of a vehicle fleeing the area, officers gave chase, caught up with the car on Highway 101, and pulled it over near Lakeville Highway.
Roberson and the woman were taken into custody without incident. Investigators determined that Roberson pulled a gun on a customer in the motel parking lot during a disagreement, shooting out the window of a parked car while the customer fled on foot, police said.
The female prostitute was questioned and released.
Roberson was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of burglary, pimping, brandishing a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, and possession of cocaine. He remained in custody Sunday afternoon on $15,000 bail.
Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees
Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.
The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.
There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.