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Woman chased with sword case, pushed down stairs over cell phone


OBERLIN – A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and disrupting public service after a woman told police that he chased her with a sword case and pushed her down the stairs.

Police received a 911 call from a woman in the 100 block of North Park Street at 7:23 p.m. Sept. 23 in which a fight could be heard in the background. Police arrived at the scene to find the alleged victim, Desiree Wallace, walking from behind the home.

Wallace told police that she was inside Franklin Robey’s home on North Park Street, and she was using his cell phone when he started “harassing” her about being on the phone. She said Robey told her that he was expecting an important call, and the two began to argue when Robey grabbed a sword from the home, removing the sword from its case, according to a police report.

She told police Robey chased her with the sword case, swinging it at her, and that she sprayed Robey with spray cleaner in self-defense and called 911, when Robey grabbed her face, pulled her hair and took the phone.

Wallace told police she chased Robey to get the phone back, and he slammed a door on her knee and kicked her down the stairs. She told police she did not return to the home after she fell down the stairs.

Police tried to enter Robey’s home, but he told officers not to come in, according to a police report. Police ordered Robey out of the home to arrest him when he walked toward the rear of the home and then ran into his bedroom.

Police said Robey struggled with police officers and only complied after they threatened to use a Taser.

Officers spoke with two juveniles at the residence – one 15 and the other 17 – who told police that Robey was upset that Wallace was using the phone. They said Wallace yelled at Robey and threw items at his window, and the two went downstairs, when they heard a thud and a scuffle.

Robey is scheduled to appear for a pretrial at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 17 at Oberlin Municipal Court.

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