Publication:The Lawton Constitution; Date:Feb 5, 2013; Section:Front Page; Page Number:1A


Charges leveled in Comanche home invasion case

BY SCOTT RAINS STAFF WRITER SRAINS@LAWTON-CONSTITUTION.COM



    Two Stephens County men were initially charged with felonies that could result in life imprisonment relating to a violent Jan. 26 home invasion that left an uncle of one of the suspects hospitalized for gunshot wounds.

    The victim’s nephew remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bond. However, the other suspect’s case was dismissed without prejudice, according to court records

    Jeremy Wayne Roebuck, 33, of Marlow, made his first appearance in Stephens County District Court where he was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon after former conviction of a felony, according to court records. Roebuck has prior 1997 convictions in Stephens County for larceny and false declaration of ownership in a pawn and another false declaration of ownership in pawn from 2004, according to Department of Corrections records.

    Felony charges of conjoint robbery after former conviction of felony, burglary, conspiracy and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, along with supplemental information about his DOC history were also filed against a 28-year-old Comanche man. During
his initial court appearance Monday, the charges were dismissed without prejudice against the man. A case dismissed without prejudice means that the case was dismissed inconclusively and therefore may potentially be brought before the court again.

    The men were charged for the home invasion in rural Comanche that resulted in Mark Roebuck’s hospitalization for two gunshot wounds from a Ruger 10-22 rifle and the theft of $20,000 from a gun safe, according to the affidavit.

    According to the affidavit, two men broke the glass from a patio door on the north side of the home outside of Comanche, shot Mark Roebuck twice and taped down Roebuck’s wife, Rita, while they robbed the gun safe, located in the living room, said Stephens County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Bowen. Sheriff Wayne McKinney said previously that the homeowners were awakened by their dog’s barking and Mark Roebuck walked around the corner of the house and was shot. As the the elder Roebuck lay bleeding on the floor, the culprits tied up the man’s wife in the bedroom and began ransacking the house, McKinney said. On the way out of the house, McKinney said the man with the gun shot the male homeowner one more time in the leg. When the house was clear, the woman freed herself from her bindings and called 911. Mark Roebuck was first taken to Duncan Regional Hospital and later airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for emergency surgery.

    On Thursday, Rita Roebuck told investigators that her husband had awakened and told her who the two men who broke into the home were. Mark Roebuck said the men who broke in and shot him were Jeremy Roebuck and another man, Bowen said.

    “I asked Mark how sure he was and he stated ‘99 percent,’” Bowen said. “Mark said the voices were Jeremy and (second suspect) — Jeremy is Mark’s nephew and (second suspect) hangs out with Mark’s son.”

    Jeremy Roebuck’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 27.