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Man accused of attacking people at Moore Square

Posted May 9, 2009 6:14 p.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2009 8:42 a.m. EDT

— A man accused of assaulting people and cars in a downtown park was taken into police custody Saturday.

Roland Edwin French Jr., 33, attacked four people and damaged two vehicles in Moore Square, police said. When officers arrived to arrest French, police said, he punched the patrol car.  An officer used a Taser gun on French after he lunged at them, police said.

Investigators believe that French assaulted three other people and damaged two other cars before officers arrived. However, the people had left the scene without talking to officers, police said.

Police said that French suffered self-inflicted injuries by beating his head against the ground once he was handcuffed. He was listed in good condition at WakeMed Saturday afternoon.

No one else was injured.

Charges against French were pending, awaiting a mental evaluation.