The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for September 1, 2014, includes reports on the death of Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers in an attempted murder/suicide, two attempted rapes on the University of Florida campus and an attempted abduction at the University of New Hampshire.
La. TV Host Shot Dead by Lover
A local Baton Rouge, La., television personality was murdered in his home by his former lover/son-in-law on Friday – one day prior to his scheduled appearance before a grand jury. Scott Rogers, 52, was a dance teacher in his original country of England before he found local fame as a Louisiana talk show host.
The alleged shooter, Mathew Hodgkinson, shot himself after murdering Rogers, but failed to succeed in his quest to commit suicide. He is in critical condition and is currently in a medically induced coma.
Police recently learned that Rogers had been cleared of accusations of child molestation of a British boy, a crime which Rogers did not disclose on his U.S. adoption forms. Rogers’ foster child and his adopted child had been taken from him two weeks prior to his death. His lawyer said that because Rogers had been cleared of guilt for the crime of molestation, he believed that his answers on the adoption papers were correct. Hodgkinson gave testimony on Wednesday in front of a grand jury. Detectives believe that after the hearing, Hodgkinson returned to Rogers’ home where he shot Rogers and unsuccessfully tried to kill himself.
A note left on a bedside table near where Rogers was killed read, “I can’t live without my kids.” Another note read, “They broke our happy, loving home. They do not get to take Scott as well.” Police have not yet verified who penned the notes. Hodgkinson, 36, is the husband of the biological daughter of Rogers, Kimmy. He resided in the Rogers home. Investigators believe that Hodgkinson was a student at the dance school in which Rogers taught in England and that he married Kimmy in order to remain in the U.S.
University of Fla. Women Warned of Attacker
Gainesville, Fla., police are warning women in the University of Florida area to be on alert after two women were attacked within hours of each other this weekend. The first attack took place at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday when a woman, 21, was punched in the face. The attacker tore off some of her clothing and then fled into a crowd. The incident occurred on NW 2nd Ave.
On Sunday morning at approximately 2 a.m., a second woman called police after being dragged into some woods on the edge of campus. The would-be rapist ran off after witnesses who heard screaming chased him away.
The suspect is described as white, between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6-foot-5 inches tall and 250 lbs. Gainesville Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call 352-955-1818.
Attempted Abduction at University of N.H.
New Hampshire police are searching for three men who attempted to kidnap a University of New Hampshire college student near campus on Friday morning. The student was walking home when the abduction attempt was thwarted by the woman’s friends.
The woman told police that three men drove up alongside her in a four-door, tan sedan as she walked home. She described the men as “military-looking.” Durham Police Chief David Kurz said that at first, it seemed as though the men were trying to introduce themselves, but when the woman appeared uninterested, they became aggressive. According to the victim, two of the men took hold of her by the arm and attempted to place her into the trunk of the sedan. At that point, her friends arrived at the scene and the three men drove away.
Because of the attempted crime, university officials have issued a warning to students to be on alert. Classes begin Tuesday.
By Jennifer Pfalz
First Coast News