On Sunday (May 13) afternoon, a domestic violence incident occurred at a Walmart after an estranged couple fought in the store’s parking lot. Here is what you need to know about the case.
A little after 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, state troopers responded to a domestic-related incident call at a Walmart in South Union Township, Fayette County.
According to reports, 55-year-old Robert Bruce Carpenter Jr., who is originally from the Bruceton Mills area, met with his separated wife in the store’s parking lot to exchange a debit card.
State police explained that Carpenter and his estranged wife got into a heated argument. In anger, Carpenter allegedly slashed all four tires of his wife’s car with pruning shears and then attacked her with the shears, as well.
The victim suffered lacerations on her forearm and hand. She was taken to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. According to officials, Carpenter fled the scene before state troopers arrived.
However, he was spotted about a mile away from the scene, and was immediately taken into custody. According to one report, officers found a pair of shears in his front right pocket with dried blood still on the blade, and though he allegedly admitted the woman had been cut by the shears, he denied he was the one who did it.
He faces multiple charges, including second-degree aggravated assault. According to police records, Carpenter was born on July 1, 1963, is 6’0″ tall, has blue eyes, and weighs approximately 200 pounds.
He has brown short hair, and is currently being held in Fayette County.
Carpenter’s bond is reportedly set at $200,000, however, online court records say he was also being held without bond for another incident the same day involving a burglary. There are no details about his arraignment date at this time.