Trucker Tried to Kill Wife With Can of Peaches and Knife, Police Say

Canton, OH – A trucker was arrested and charged with attempted murder on Monday after police investigated what they initially believed to be a disabled tractor-trailer along Interstate 77.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), 45-year-old truck driver Kenny Ray Roberts, of Ironton, OH, was seen walking along the southbound lanes of I-77 near Fohl Road at approximately 2:37 p.m.

When OSHP troopers approached Roberts and engaged him in conversation, they quickly suspected he was impaired by alcohol or drugs.


Upon further investigation, troopers approached the tractor-trailer which was parked along the side of the roadway.

According to OSHP, investigators discovered a woman, later determined to be married to Roberts, hiding in the truck and suffering from wounds to her face and left hand.

Investigators say the woman told them that Roberts had punched her and hit her in the face with a can of peaches.

Troopers also discovered a bloody knife in the driver’s side door pocket which investigators believe Roberts used to stab the woman in the hand.

OSHP called for an emergency medical crew to treat the woman’s injuries.


She was transported to a nearby hospital for additional treatment.

Roberts was arrested and later charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, domestic violence and disrupting public services, and on a misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence charge.

He remains in the Stark County Jail at this time as authorities continue their investigation.

Photo courtesy Stark County Jail



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