Roberts Jr. repeatedly tried to rape victim before she fought him off, according to arrest warrant

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An arrest warrant obtained by KETK News details how James Earl Roberts Jr. allegedly tried to rape a woman while she was finishing a run in Rose Rudman Park last week.

Roberts is charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, a first-degree felony. He is being held in Smith County Jail on a $350,000 bond.

Police said in a statement on Wednesday that he was tracked down by a fingerprint left behind on the victim’s phone. 

The arrest warrant states that the victim had just ended an evening run in the Tyler park when she saw Roberts. She thought he looked suspicious and began to run again. She heard him running behind him when Roberts tackled her and put his hands over her face.

The victim kept trying to scream and fight while he dragged her into the woods. He told her on numerous occasions to “Shut the f*** up” and “I have a knife,” according to the arrest warrant.

Police say that Roberts pulled a knife from behind on the woman and cut her throat numerous times. The document also states that he punched her in the face on several occasions as she fought back. 

Roberts then allegedly “began trying to pull her pants… down. [The victim] said she kept wiggling and moving as much as she could to stop it.”

The woman wrestled the knife away from Roberts and threw it aside and began to try and kick Roberts. At that point, Roberts “suddenly got up and took off running.”

The report says that the victim then crawled out of the woods and a woman came to her aid.

Roberts, 32, has a long rap sheet dating back nearly 15 years. He had been arrested multiple times for burglary, terroristic threats, and criminal mischief from 2003-2009.

He had not been arrested in nearly a decade until two days after the Rose Rudman attack when he was booked for public intoxication. Roberts was arrested four days later for the alleged rape. 

The victim is named in the arrest warrant, however, KETK News does not release the names of sexual assault survivors unless given explicit permission. 

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