Assault suspect arrested on Belmont business roof

Stephen Ricketts was removed from a Belmont roof with the assistance of an aerial ladder from the Foster City Fire Department after resisting arrest. 

A man suspected of assaulting his acquaintances was arrested Sunday night after trying to hide on the roof of a Belmont business, according to police.

The man, identified as Stephen Ricketts, 25, of Laguna Niguel, California, fought with officers and was removed from the roof on the 500 block of Mountain View Avenue around 11 p.m. with help from a Foster City Fire Department ladder truck.

The incident began at about 10:30 p.m., when Belmont police responded to a reported an assault on the block. Officers found two victims, who said they were drinking with Ricketts when he assaulted them. One was a 41-year-old San Mateo man who was treated on scene by Belmont paramedics and the second was a 54-year-old Belmont man who was transported to the hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Officers conducted an area search for the suspect, which included assistance from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Air Squadron. Officers located Ricketts on the roof of an adjacent commercial building, according to police.

Ricketts and two officers sustained minor non life-threatening injuries during the incident, according to police.

Ricketts was booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on several charges including assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer.

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