The Edmond Sun

November 26, 2012

McAlester man accused of assaulting his grandmother

By RACHEL PETERSEN
CNHI News Service

McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently charged with aggravated assault and battery for allegedly attacking his grandmother.

Justin Dale Roberts, 26, was charged with the felony Nov. 15 in Pittsburg County District Court.

According to court records, Roberts allegedly chased his grandmother through the house they share, banged her head against the front door and choked her.

On Nov. 13, McAlester police officers Bobby Coggin and Loyd London responded to a domestic violence call in the 600 block of North C Street in McAlester. When they arrived, they spoke with Roberts’ grandmother, according to Coggin’s police affidavit.

The alleged victim told police that her grandson had a fixation with knives and had threatened her with a knife the previous day, according to the affidavit. She told police that her ex-husband came to the house and confiscated the knife from Roberts.

“(She) stated Justin (Roberts) has a fixation on knives and continued going on about wanting his knives (back) ... until he worked himself up tot he point he assaulted her,” the affidavit states. “(She) said (he) grabbed hold of her in the living room ... and began choking her around the neck. (She) attempted to fight (him) off of her and made her way to the front door to escape outside. As (she) got outside the front door (he) grabbed her again and began hitting her with his fists. (She) continued to struggle to get away from (him) and he grabbed her by the head of hair, pulling two different large handfuls of hair from her head during the course of the struggle. Justin (Roberts) then began banging (her) head against the front door. (She) said she finally managed to get away from (him) and ran away to seek help.”

Police observed and photographed injuries on the body of Roberts’ grandmother, according to the affidavit, including choke and scratch marks on her neck and chest, cuts and scratches on her face and a large knot on the right side of her forehead.

Roberts was arrested and transported to the Pittsburg County jail. He remains in custody in lieu of a $250,000 bond and was unavailable for comment at presstime today.

If convicted, he is facing up to five years in prison. He is due back in court Nov. 29 at 9 a.m.