A Jefferson County man is accused of dragging a city worker from his truck and assaulting him and is facing 10 charges and a $500,000 cash bond after appearing in Superior Court Friday.

The charges against Rob Rohrer III, 45, include kidnapping, strangulation, intimidation, criminal confinement, battery resulting in bodily injury, resisting law enforcement, three counts of theft and another count of battery. The hearing was before Magistrate Nancy Jacobs.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officer Jeff Neace received a call about 8 a.m. last Tuesday about a suspicious man standing in the roadway on Galaway Trails and blocking traffic, according to his affidavit. Neace said he arrived at the scene to find that Detective Yancy Denning had arrived slightly earlier and was talking with Rohrer, who was blocking the roadway. Neace asked Rohrer, who he said he had known for years, to move out of the road and onto the sidewalk. Rohrer agreed, and Neace and Denning both agreed he appeared not to be dangerous, Neace said. The officers then left.

At 12:08 p.m., Neace received another call about Rohrer.

Witness and area resident Tayra Bright told Neace and Officer Charles Gilles that Rohrer had stopped a city truck, pulled a man out and begun assaulting him. The affidavit said Bright later told Officer Nathan Green that he forced the city employee, Nathan Bennett, to the ground and began choking him, screaming that he was going to kill him.

The affidavit said Bright said she ran over to help and saw a box cutter belonging to Bennett laying on the ground close to Rohrer. Rohrer told Bright to hand the knife to him because he was going to “kill this (deleted),” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Bright then grabbed the knife and called 911, and Rohrer let go of Bennett. Bennett and Bright ran to the garage of another resident, Timothy Skirvin, who closed and locked the door.

Rohrer tried to assault another city worker, George “Mickey” McCullough, when he pulled up in his city truck, the affidavit said. McCullough, who was a much larger man, the affidavit said, resisted Rohrer’s attempts to pull him out of the truck and forced him away, causing Rohrer to start walking in the opposite direction.

Rohrer then approached another city worker, Wendil Kiser, and stole the keys out of his vacuum truck as police were arriving.

When Neace and Gilles arrived, they found Rohrer standing in the street with a bottle of water and the keys in hand. His mother, Debbie Rohrer, with whom he was living, was nearby yelling that Rohrer was mentally ill and needed help. Rohrer told Neace he had to “get that guy up there, he has a gun and wants to kill everyone,” pointing at the city workers, the affidavit said. McCullough pointed back at Rohrer and said he was the one trying to kill people, and Kiser told Neace he had stolen his keys. Neace drew his taser and ordered Rohrer to the ground.

After ordering him four to six times and pleading with him to cooperate, Neace deployed his taser and sent a noncompliant Rohrer to the ground, the affidavit said. He refused Neace’s orders to roll over on his stomach, pulled the taser wires out and began to get up again before Neace deployed his taser another time. Rohrer again tried to pull the wires out and get up a second time, which prompted Neace to hit the arc switch, about the time Officer Green arrived at the scene. Rohrer tried getting up a third time, prompting Neace and Green to force him onto the ground. The officers had to force Rohrer’s hands behind his back to handcuff him, since he also refused to do so.

Neace, Gilles and Chief Deputy Josh Taylor took Rohrer to the Jefferson County Jail while Green stayed behind to get witness statements.

Rohrer may face additional charges after another incident Friday morning when he tried to force his way out of his cell, Prosecutor David Sutter said. He also said the incident resulted in a higher bond, which the state had recommended be $250,000 in the affidavit.

Rohrer’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 8:30 a.m.