Man accused of injuring father

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK — A Woodstock man was returned to jail and ordered held without bond after he appeared Wednesday in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on a charge of malicious wounding.

Shenandoah County deputies arrested Robert Earl Roles Jr., 26, of 25 Wood Park Lane, after they were called to his residence at about 11:17 p.m. Sunday.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said in an interview that deputies arrived to find the victim, Robert Roles Sr., “with what appeared to be a fractured leg and cuts to the arm and a swollen area on the head, which indicated he had possibly been punched in the head.”

A criminal complaint written by deputy Timmy Wakeman said he found Robert Roles Sr. “sitting on the couch with what appeared to be a disfigured right ankle that was bleeding.”

Wakeman wrote that witnesses and Robert Roles Sr. said that Robert Roles Jr. had hit his father in the leg with a baseball bat during a “verbal and physical altercation.”

“The victim was unable to stand, walk or support his own body weight on the leg,” Wakeman stated.

Robert Roles Sr. was taken by ambulance to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries, Dellinger said.

Dellinger said alcohol was a factor in the incident, and a protective order was issued against Robert Roles Jr.

Robert Roles Jr., who appeared in court by himself, told Judge William H. Logan that he was hoping for a bail hearing Wednesday, but Logan said any determination of bail will have to wait until his attorney, Charles Ramsey, files a motion.

Ramsey’s appointment as Roles’s attorney wasn’t finalized until the hearing. Ramsey was not present for the hearing.

Logan told Roles that the offense of malicious wounding carried a presumption of no bail, although judges still have discretion in making a final determination.

“I would like my lawyer to bring up the domestic violence history of my father,” Roles told Logan, before the judge cut him off.

“I don’t let defendants argue without an attorney when there’s a presumption against bond,” Logan told Roles.

Logan scheduled a preliminary hearing for 10 a.m. on Oct. 23.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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