Man arrested for attacking maintenance worker who was trying to break up fight


Michael Rodney Roberts, 57, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

According to the arrest report, Roberts and his roommate were in a verbal argument outside their apartment. A maintenance worker at the complex intervened, reportedly telling them they didn’t need to be arguing.

According to the maintenance worker, Roberts started yelling at him and telling him to mind his own business. Roberts then allegedly left the area and went around the corner to a mop closet, returning with a garden pole with a metal end. Roberts then allegedly struck the maintenance worker in the leg with the pole. He then allegedly swung the pole again at the victim, who fell backwards, scraping his elbow.

A Gainesville Police Department officer located Roberts a few blocks away and asked to speak with him. Roberts reportedly told him he was upset with his roommate locking him out of their apartment. After the officer told Roberts that they were reviewing surveillance video to determine what had happened, Roberts reportedly admitted to striking the maintenance worker with a pole. Two witnesses corroborated the victim’s account of the incident. Roberts is being held on $10,000 bond.

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  • I may be wrong but if you put some gray hair on him, he could pass for Rodney Long.

    Maybe he gets a friends & family discount.

    • I’m all for Rodney making money legitimately and I hope high bonds
      Keeps bad guys off the street…if you don’t behave,
      The criminal justice system needs to rehabilitate you.
      High bonds, court dates, lawyers, & incarceration I believe
      Are good deterrents to committing crimes…it needs
      To be a system of misery for the participants…if that
      Doesn’t work, what will?

    • The participants with the housing authorities should
      Be ineligible to receive housing benefits if they behave
      Like this. Dealing drugs, committing crimes, & violence
      Should have zero tolerance. If you are going to act
      Like a criminal, you should be incarcerated…I would
      Rather have my tax dollars going to protect the public
      Than having these guys loose on the street. F-up at low
      Income housing? Then pay your own rent or jail…your
      Choice. How else are they going to learn?

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