Girard man, 66, indicted in November assault on elderly relative

By Ed Runyan


Roger Bispeck, 66, of Church Hill Road in Girard was indicted Wednesday on felonious assault, accused of bloodying an elderly family member Nov. 16. If convicted, Bispeck could get eight years in prison.

Girard police said a woman, 91, knocked on the front door of a neighbor in her Ward Street neighborhood and told them Bispeck had severely beaten her. The woman was covered in blood, police said.

Bispeck, meanwhile, told police he had acted against the woman in self-defense.

Investigators said they found blood on the kitchen wall, couch and pillows. A large amount of blood was found on the bathroom floor and on a window police believe the woman used to try to escape the home. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Also indicted Wednesday was Jay D. Walters, 33, of Roosevelt Avenue in Newton Falls on charges of felonious assault, felony assault, failure to comply with the orders of a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest.

The incident began Nov. 8 at the Bazetta Township Walmart and ended about 90 minutes later in Garrettsville.

Walmart officials called 911 to report that Walters had shoplifted in the store. Store officials said they would not try to stop Walters because he had a history of running from security and police.

Police approached Walters as he was getting gas at Murphy’s gas station near the Walmart. Walters fled in a pickup truck after a struggle with an officer that included Walters being hit with a stun gun.

Police learned that after leaving Murphy’s, Walters traveled into northern Trumbull County and then west into Garrettsville, where he was arrested.

Shamar J. Robbins, 23, of Reed Avenue in Campbell was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping related to a Nov. 10 incident that began in the parking lot of the Liberty Walmart.

The victim, of Cortland, said he met Robbins in Liberty to sell him an X-box video game console. Robbins motioned for the man to get into the passenger seat of his car, which the victim did, and Robbins handed the victim a wad of money.

While counting it, Robbins pulled out a gun and ordered the victim to give back the money.

Robbins then drove away with the victim still in the car and ordered the victim to delete text Robbins’ text messages from the victim’s phone and remove the battery from the victim’s phone.

As Robbins let the victim exit Robbins’ car, the victim got his phone battery back and called police. The victim also showed police a photo of Robbins the victim obtained from Robbins’ Facebook account.

Also indicted was Michael S. Houser, 24, of Perkinswood Avenue Southeast and Crestview Avenue Southeast, on charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and impersonating a police officer.

The charges are from Nov. 5, when Houser is accused of knocking on the door of a home on Boston Avenue Southeast in Howland and saying he was with the Howland police.

When a woman opened the door, Houser forced his way in and assaulted her in the face and back of the head with brass knuckles and fled. He told the victim, “This is for my friend.”

The victim said she had an altercation with a female about an hour earlier at a Niles tavern and thought the male was with her.

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