Man pleads not guilty to attacking a woman outside bowling alley

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

Jeffersonville, IN - By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A judge has denied a bond reduction request to a man accused of attacking a woman and holding a knife to her throat. Only WAVE 3 was in the courtroom as Peter Roberts went before Judge Daniel Moore.

We spoke with the 24-year-old victim, who asked to remain anonymous. She told us she hasn't been able to be alone since the attack.

It started out as a typical Friday night at Blackiston Bowl in Clarksville until a 24-year-old woman stepped outside hours later around 2:30 a.m.

"He turned and looked at me and he opened the door like this, and then I walked through the door and I said thank you," said the woman. "I didn't think anything of it. I thought he was just being nice."

Then, out of nowhere, the woman said he grabbed her, dragged her inside his truck, then put a knife to her throat.

"He was putting it on my neck saying can you feel that?" described the woman. "He said it two times. He said can you feel that? I said yes I can, and I was freaking out."

The victim said she yelled at the man, whom police have identified as 47-year-old Peter Roberts. He then put a noose around her neck. She pleaded for her life, saying she had a baby boy.

"I didn't think I would see him again," she said.

Two men heard her screams and rushed to help.

"He was on top of her had everything wrapped around her neck," said Roger Smith who works at the bowling alley. "He looked dead serious. We grabbed her, got ahold of him, fought him off enough until she got out. So, I rushed her out to the bar and I kept telling her just don't look back."

Smith and another Blackiston Bowl employee held Roberts down until police arrived.

"He kept trying to plead with me to let him go I didn't do nothing wrong and I said yes you did," recounted Smith. "You're not going nowhere."

Roberts has been in the Clark County Jail since his arrest. About a dozen friends and family members were at the courthouse for his initial court appearance on Oct. 20 where he pleaded not-guilty. The family members were unhappy about the media attention and formed a wall by Roberts when he stepped off the elevator at the courthouse.

His wife, Lisa, testified that he was a "decent," "kind," and "gentle" man who was not violent. Still the judge kept his bond at $50,000 full cash due to the "great amount of violence" in the report.

The alleged victim had this message for other women.

"Girls need to watch what they're doing," said the woman. "Make sure you have someone with you at all times even if it's, especially at night, even in the daytime. It doesn't matter. It could happen anytime."

Roberts' attorney told Judge Moore he will undergo a psychological evaluation to try and get the bond reduced. The family refused to talk to us, but the victim said police told her he claimed he was trying to help her.

Roberts is charged with criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation and battery. He is scheduled to be back in court December 14.

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