Daniel M. Roberts

Daniel M. Roberts

A Paris man suspected of beating and stabbing a 78-year-old woman during a home invasion Wednesday has also been charged with aggravated sexual assault of an elderly/disabled person, according to Lamar County Jail records.

“As the investigation goes along, more charges will be added, and that’s what’s taking place,” Police Chief Bob Hundley said.

Daniel M. Roberts, 53, of Paris, has been charged with aggravated robbery, violation of parole and aggravated sexual assault of an elderly/disabled person after police arrested him during a home invasion and assault call in the 2100 block of Clarksville Street Wednesday morning. Roberts remained in the county jail Friday with his bond totaling $500,000, according to online records.

In an emailed statement, Hundley previously said officers arrived at the home Wednesday to find the woman had been beaten and stabbed and the suspect still in the residence. She suffered significant injuries including stab wounds, a broken leg and a skull fracture. She was taken to Paris Regional Medical Center, Hundley said, where she was tested with a rape kit. The woman is sedated and in stable condition this morning, he said.

“From the crime scene, it is apparent that the victim fought the suspect,” Hundley said. “The suspect was arrested after jumping from a window at the residence and chased down. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released to arresting officers.

“Felony charges will include burglary for the time being, and other charges will be filed as the investigation continues,” Hundley previously said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Macon Atkinson is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6963 or macon.atkinson@theparisnews.com.

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