Five defendants in an assault case in Kenai pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Wednesday to charges ranging from robbery and burglary to coercion and evidence tampering.
The 27-count indictment stems from an Aug. 5 report of an assault victim being treated at Central Peninsula General Hospital.
Kenai police and Alaska State Troopers at the time were told that three men allegedly forced their way into the victim's apartment on Peninsula Avenue in Kenai and assaulted the male victim using metal knuckles. The victim also was reportedly threatened with a knife and a gun.
During their investigation, which is continuing, police learned that two of the men allegedly assaulted the victim on a previous occasion in Kasilof using their hands and feet, and yet another time in Kenai using a baseball bat.
After receiving the assault report Aug. 5, Kenai police arrested five men. In a related incident later that day, police returned to the victim's apartment and arrested the father of one of the men who was subsequently indicted on one count of coercion, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of interference with official proceedings.
The men remained in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility pending trial.
Following is a list of the defendants and the charges on which they were indicted:
Kenneth R. Roberts Jr., 21, Jackie D. Roberts, 20, and Robert J. Lamborn, 39, addresses unknown, were indicted on one count of first-degree robbery, one count of second-degree theft, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault and one count of coercion.
Kenneth R. Roberts Jr. also was indicted on one count of tampering with physical evidence, three additional counts of third-degree assault, two additional counts of second-degree assault, one count of interference with official proceedings and two additional counts of first-degree burglary.
Jackie Roberts also was indicted on additional counts of third-degree assault and second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.
Lamborn also was indicted on one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count each of fourth-degree and fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons, one count of violation of conditions of release and one count of driving while intoxicated. He was also named with Kenneth R. Roberts Jr. in one additional count of third-degree assault and one additional count of second-degree assault.
Samuel L. Stroer, 31, address unknown, was indicted on one count of third-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault.
Kenneth R. Roberts Sr., 41, address unknown, was indicted on one count of interference with official proceedings, one count of coercion and one count of tampering with witnesses.
Also indicted, but not arraigned Wednesday was Jason A. Young, 30, address unknown, on one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of first-degree hindering the prosecution.
Judge Harold M. Brown set the cases for trial during the week of Nov. 4, in Kenai Superior Court. Bail was set at $50,000 each, cash-only, with court-approved third-party custodians required of each.
After the arraignment hearing Wednesday, the three Roberts, Lamborn and Stroer were led in handcuffs back to jail.
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