August 19—MIDDLETOWN—A Butler County grand jury will now hear the case of a man accused of pulling a knife on an Amazon driver and fighting officers during an attempted arrest.
Christopher Roberts, 35, of Carlisle, who was shot by the delivery man when he allegedly pulled a knife and walked towards him, was in Middletown municipal court Friday for a hearing on charges of criminal assault, assault on a police officer and resistance upon arrest. Visiting Judge Robert Messham found sufficient evidence to transfer the case to a Butler County Grand Jury.
Roberts is now being held on a $25,000 cash or bond.
The incident happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the 4500 block of Central Avenue. The delivery man, Gino Grove, said a man “came out of nowhere with a knife and approached him,” said Sgt. Count Nelson. At that point, the delivery man shot the man in the leg.
“The Amazon guy was delivering packages. A guy came out of nowhere and brandished a knife – we think he’s stuck out… the Amazon driver shot and punched him in the leg,” the sergeant said. .
Nelson said the man who was shot, identified as Roberts, fled the area and was eventually found by officers and then transported to Atrium Medical Center for treatment.
In the 911 call, Grove said that Roberts tried to attack him with a knife, and “I just unloaded my firearm.”
“He’s running down the street,” Grove said. “He ran up to me and said ‘knife fight, knife fight’.”
The driver says he’s back in his vehicle, a GMC Terrain, and Roberts has returned. Grove yells, “Go back, go back.”
Grove said in the 911 call that he thinks he missed the suspect when he fired.
At about 5 p.m. Sunday, officers received a call for the Rosedale Road and Magnolia Drive area involving Roberts. He walked out of the hospital without permission and behaved strangely, according to the police report.
According to witnesses, the man tried to get into the sewer.
When officers arrived, Roberts was gone, but officers continued to search the area and found a walkway through the treeline to a creek bank.
Roberts was found in the creek “swallowing in the water under a log,” the report said.
Initially, Roberts complied with officers’ orders, but said “no, I won’t” when the officer tried to handcuff him, the report said.
There was a struggle and an officer deployed a taser and hit Roberts several times before following orders, according to police. He was taken to hospital where he was operated on for the gunshot wound.
According to court documents, Grove pulled his gun from his pocket and toward Roberts to stop before firing the weapon.
When Roberts continued after several warnings, Grove fired the gun and hit Roberts in the right leg, according to court records. The knife was found in a rainwater sewer.