Groveton PD chief: Man used metal object to knock elderly man unconscious

Groveton PD chief: Man used metal object to knock elderly man unconscious

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Groveton Police Department arrested a 35-year-old man on Feb. 22 in connection to allegations that he used a metal object to knock another man who had been carrying some groceries unconscious.

Kenneth Joshua Roberts, of Groveton, was arrested and charged with first-degree felony injury to the elderly.

When he spoke to East Texas News Monday, Groveton Police Chief John Raiford said that the alleged incident occurred on Gunner Road at about 3 p.m. He said his officers responded to a 911 call about a disturbance in the street.

Once the GPD officers arrived on the scene, they found a man in his late 60s lying unconscious in the street. Roberts was standing nearby, and the Groveton PD officers immediately put him in handcuffs.

The unconscious man had been carrying some groceries, Raiford said.

Roberts claimed that he tried to help the man with the groceries, and the man pulled a knife on him, Raiford said. The Groveton PD chief said Roberts told the officers on the scene that he hit the other man in self-defense.

However, witnesses said that Roberts did not try to help the other man and that the other man didn't have a knife, Raiford said. The witnesses also said Roberts hit the other man with a metal object, the chief said.

Raiford said they have no idea on what the motive for the alleged assault might have been.

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