Man arrested for robbery, attempted rape at Barberton flower shop
BARBERTON, Ohio (WOIO) - A man identified as a violent felon and convicted sex offender was arrested after he assaulted a woman at a flower shop in Barberton Tuesday, according to police.
“Just beat her, just kept beating her,” said Ariel Fuller, co-owner of Caine’s Flower Shop. “He wanted her jewelry. He took a ring of hers. He wanted money, and she couldn’t tell him how to get to it, so he just kept beating her.”
58-year-old Bunde Roebuck was working alone at Caine’s Flower Shop when a man walked in.
“She said that he came in and he wanted to send flowers to someone and then she showed him some flowers in the cooler everything was fine, and he wanted her to bend down and get a flower out of a bucket for him, and when she bent down that’s when he stuck a knife to her throat,” explained Fuller.
The violent criminal then tied up Roebuck and taped her mouth. Fuller told 19 News the attacker led her aunt to a cooler with the knife still held at her throat. Once inside, he started beating Roebuck and demanded she open the cash register, but then their delivery driver showed up unexpectedly.
“The driver came back unexpectedly and saved her life,” explained Fuller. “If she hadn’t come back, I’m sure she wouldn’t be alive, a couple more punches to the head, she wouldn’t be here.”
Barberton Police said that around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, they responded to a 911 call at Caine’s Flowers in the 100 block of 2nd Street NW. Officers were at the scene in under a minute and found that a suspect, identified as 30-year-old Timothy L. Williams, had run out the back of the business as they entered through the front.
Police then found Williams entering another business on Wooster Road North. Officers took Williams into custody and booked him into Barberton City Jail.
Barberton police charged Williams with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and attempted rape.
“The driver caught him right before as he was taking his pants down, I believe, and pulled them up and he ran,” Fuller said,
Williams has a lengthy violent criminal background. He is a convicted sex offender. According to reports, shortly after being released from prison in 2015 Williams was arrested for attacking his uncle with a butcher’s knife.
“I don’t think he should’ve been out,” Fuller said. “I wonder I question the judgment of the people that let him out. This should never have happened.”
Roebuck was at the hospital, but she is now at home recovering.
“She’s going to need surgery, a broken nose,” said Fuller. “She’s got stitches between the eyes and her lip back together; she’ll need plastic surgery, but I think emotionally she’s going to be scarred for life.”
Fuller said one of the few things the attacker did manage to steal was her aunt’s diamond ring. It is a one-carat gold ring with six small diamonds on the sides. If you find it, contact Barberton police.
Williams is due in court on Wednesday.
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