A nationwide arrest warrant was issued for Roberts. He faces domestic violence and felonious assault charges.
The victim was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center after the incident, before being transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. An affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court says she was taken directly into surgery, and is expected to have a long recovery ahead of her.
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After the woman was stabbed, she drove herself to Mayberry’s Mini Mart on U.S. 68, according to Clark County Sheriff’s deputies. Roberts then followed the victim to the gas station and rammed her car before fleeing the scene, deputies said.
Searches were conducted at multiple scenes and eventually Roberts’ car was found at the Enon Eagles parking lot on Lower Valley Pike, but deputies found no sign of him. According to the affidavit, Roberts’ parents also live on Lower Valley Pike, and they received a call from him Thursday morning, saying he “was in trouble and needed to leave.”
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A court affidavit states Roberts called his daughter and told her he “took a bunch of pills.”
According to court documents, Roberts told his brother just days prior to the incident he was going to buy a one-way ticket to Florida.
Court records reveal Roberts has an extensive criminal background with charges dating back to 1994. In that year, he faced an aggravated vehicular assault charge. Then, a pair of charges relating to criminal damaging in 1997, as well as an assault charge.
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In 2009, Roberts was in court for two charges — disorderly conduct and menacing and a minor noise ordinance in 2013.
A neighbor in the Quwood neighborhood said her road is fairly quiet; people keep to themselves and the only disruption that really happens is when someone has a get together.
Becky Hayden said she’s seen Roberts bicker with people before.
“This is crazy,” Hayden said. “I never expected anything like this to happen here, I honestly didn’t but I guess it happens everywhere.”
Hayden said she was shocked when she heard the news of what happened just doors down from her home. She didn’t remember hearing anything out of the ordinary on Thursday.
“Normally if something is loud out here, it carries,” she said.
But she does remember seeing something unusual for her neighborhood — around 6:30 a.m., she said she saw a man on foot who was walking around the area, first over by a neighbor’s house, then headed down toward Roberts’ house.
An Enon resident who frequents the mini mart stopped there for gas Thursday and said he saw blood on the ground.
“I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled,” Nate McGlothin said. “It brings a lot of fear to everyone. You don’t know what’s going on out here day to day, even hour to hour. People are crazy these days.”