Man Murdered in Front of His Children Made Haunting 911 Call Weeks Before Shooting

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 16, 2018US News
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Man Murdered in Front of His Children Made Haunting 911 Call Weeks Before Shooting
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A man murdered in front of his children in Ohio made a haunting 911 call just two weeks before the shooting.

Robert Caldwell made a 911 call to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 5, 2017.

During the call, Caldwell said that he feared for his life.

“Yeah I have got a guy chasing me over here on Sutton in Jamestown, and he just tried to lure me, I’m assuming he’s trying to kill me,” Caldwell told dispatchers in Greene County, reported Fox 45.

“Do you know who it is?” the dispatcher asked. “Yeah I do,” Caldwell replied.

After the dispatcher asks who the guy is, Caldwell says that it’s Sterling Roberts, the boyfriend of his ex-wife. “And they just lost full custody of all our kids,” he added.

At the end of the call, the dispatcher tells Caldwell to go to the Jamestown Police Department, where a deputy would be waiting for him.

“Okay, thank you. I’m going to call my wife and have her get my kids out of my house in Beavercreek,” Caldwell said.

It’s unclear if law enforcement officials caught up with Roberts on that day.

Roberts has been indicted for federal crimes relating to Caldwell’s death, as has Caldwell’s ex-wife and four others.

According to the indictment, Roberts cyberstalked Caldwell via cell phone his girlfriend, Caldwell’s ex-wife.

“Sterling Roberts cyberstalked Robert Caldwell via cell phone through the assistance of Tawnney Caldwell,” U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said, reported Cincinnati.com. “He… traveled interstate to stalk and murder Robert Caldwell.”

Roberts allegedly used a firearm that he purchased illegally to stalk Caldwell before shooting him dead.

Tawnney Caldwell allegedly obstructed justice by destroying the contents and data of a cell phone on that same day.

Authorities said that Tawnney Caldwell and her mother, Chandra Harmon, conspired to intimidate and threaten witnesses related to the case in November. James Harmon, Christopher Roberts, and Chance Roberts were also indicted. The Harmons were charged with aiding and abetting Robert’s illegal gun possession.

Chance Roberts and Christoper Roberts, brothers of Sterling Roberts, were also charged with aiding and abetting the illegal gun possession.

The FBI is also working to recover Jacob Lee Caldwell, 14, who vanished on the day of the murder.

 

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