A Merriam Woods man accused of attacking a woman after breaking into her home has pleaded guilty to that crime as well as another.
Nickolas Roberts, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and stealing – all felonies. In a separate case, he pleaded guilty to felony fraudulent use of a credit or debit card. In both cases, he is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge R. Tiffany Yarnell on Aug. 27 in Taney County Court.
According to court documents, on Feb. 8, Roberts crawled into a Merriam Woods home through a partially open window and then assaulted the 81-year-old woman who lived inside.
The woman told police she was sleeping in a living room chair and woke up when a man put his hand over her face and mouth.
She said she tried to fight back, but the man took her to the floor where he was pushing her head down to her legs and was pulling her left leg up to her head.
She told police it was getting hard for her to breathe, so she “just went limp.” When she did, the man let go of her, went to the kitchen, grabbed her purse from the table and left through the front door.
The report states the woman suffered a broken rib.
After police questioned neighbors, they found that Roberts, who lived on the same block, had been at a nearby party. Witnesses said Roberts had left the party for a time without telling anyone. Officers also found a cigarette butt outside a window of the victim’s home. The cigarette butt was the same kind smoked by Roberts, according to court documents.
In his other case, Roberts is accused of taking his mother’s ATM card, without permission, and withdrawing hundreds of dollars. Court documents show he took the ATM card five times from Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 17, 2018, and made six withdrawals for a total of $1,114.50. Four of those withdrawals were in Merriam Woods. One was in Warsaw, Missouri, and the other was in Los Osos, California.
A police report states that when officers arrived at Roberts’ home, he admitted in front of the officers and his mother that he had taken the card and made the withdrawals.
When an officer told Roberts he was under arrest, Roberts ran down the hall and into his room, shutting the door behind him. The report says officers made entry into the room and placed Roberts into custody. While in the room, officers smelled marijuana. Roberts told the officers he kept it between his mattresses, and officers found under the mattress a Christmas stocking with two plastic bags of marijuana and a pipe that had pot residue.