Robert Roberts, who was living at the Brady Campgrounds, allegedly threatened a woman who cannot walk with a gun in order to get her to do what he wanted.
A Boonville man was charged with seven felonies, including sodomy, kidnapping and domestic assault of a woman who is unable to walk after Cooper County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a medical call Tuesday morning.
Deputies arrested Robert Warren Roberts, 58, at his RV in the Brady Campgrounds at the Interstate 70-Highway 179 interchange. Deputies were initially called to the campground on Tuesday morning to help medics with a woman who had fallen and hurt her leg.
Cooper County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Class found the woman on the floor inside the RV with Roberts, while her wheelchair was outside, Class wrote in a probable cause statement.
The woman was put in an ambulance to be transported to a hospital in Columbia.
The woman reportedly told Class that Roberts didn’t let her call for help when she fell and hurt her leg that morning. Roberts had allegedly been hitting the woman around the head with a closed fist for the week-and-a-half she had been living at the RV, she reportedly said. She told deputies that she had received a black eye and busted lip from Roberts hitting her, but she did not have bruises on her face at the time, Class wrote.
Roberts tried to get the woman to use heroin with him several times, though she refused, she told deputies. Roberts allegedly forced her to take a pill that she believed was heroin, Class wrote.
Roberts used a handgun to threaten the woman into doing what he wanted, including forced sexual acts, authorities say. He would also drive her to Columbia so he could buy heroin, and would leave her wheelchair behind so she couldn’t leave, according to the reportid.
Cooper County deputies obtained a search warrant that day. Roberts was arrested Tuesday night without incident and deputies searched his RV, Class wrote. They found syringes, a metal spoon, a plastic bag containing heroin, live ammunition and a loaded .380 Smith and Wesson handgun.
Roberts, a formerly convicted felon, is charged with felonies for first degree sodomy, first degree domestic assault, first degree kidnapping, armed criminal action, possession of heroin, unlawful use and possession of a firearm. He is held in the Cooper County Jail.
Roberts pleaded guilty in August 2017 to a felony charge of second-degree assault in Boone County. He served 120 days in the Boone County Jail. Court records from that case show Roberts’ address as a Columbia Post Office Box.