2012-12-07 / Front Page

Man faces attempted murder count

By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com

A 58-year-old Gaffney man has been charged by Gaffney police investigators with attempted murder in connection with a Dec. 2 incident during which he allegedly beat a 75-year-old man in the face with a baseball bat inside a 2nd Street home.

Bobby Dean Stroupe remained lodged at the Cherokee County Detention Center as of Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bond.

According to an incident report, Gaffney police initially were called to 2nd Street on Dec. 2 at approximately 11 p.m. regarding a suspicious person report and came across a 75-year-old man, who said he had been struck about the head. The man had a gash above his right eye and his nose and cheeks were swollen so police immediately requested paramedics.

A witness subsequently told police that he and Stroupe had been in the living room of an apartment in the 200 block of 2nd Street earlier that night when Stroupe got up and went to the bedroom where the 75-year-old man was lying. The witness told police he then heard Stroupe and the older man arguing and then heard screaming and thuds come from the bedroom.

Stroupe then came out of the bedroom, went to the bathroom, and then back to the living room where he laid back down, police reportedly were told by the witness.

When police arrived at the apartment, according to the report, Stroupe appeared to be intoxicated. Stroupe allegedly told police that he and the 75- year-old man had been arguing but didn’t know what happened.

Inside the 75-year-old man’s bedroom, police said they observed blood on the pillow the man was using as well as blood on the floor next to the bed. The older man’s glasses were broken and found laying on the floor next to the bed. A blood trail led out the back door of the residence.

Emergency room personnel later told police the 75-year-old man had suffered multiple fractures including both cheeks and his nose.

Det. Brian Blanton filed an arrest warrant for attempt murder against Stroupe on Dec. 4. The warrant was served on Stroupe the same day.

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