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Police: Man cut with knife while defending mother

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published April 12, 2012 at 7:21 a.m.

— A 25-year-old man was cut multiple times when he intervened after seeing his mother being pushed by her ex-boyfriend early Thursday morning.

Leavearn Roby was taken to UAMS Medical Center for treatment after the altercation, which happened around 2 a.m. outside the home where he and his mother live at 4014 Slinker Road.

Roby's mother, 49-year-old Justine Goforth, told investigators her ex-boyfriend, 53-year-old Lawrence Colclough, was upset about their recent breakup when he arrived at the home and broke out her bedroom windows. She then went outside to confront Colclough, at which point he pushed her, according to a Pulaski County Sheriff's Office report.

"Goforth said her son ... witnessed it and responded and intervened," deputies wrote in the report. "Goforth said Colclough then cut Roby several times with a knife before fleeing on foot."

Roby reportedly suffered cuts to his stomach, back and left leg during the incident.

Colclough was located at Jack's Motel, 9515 Highway 365, and arrested on charges of second-degree battery and criminal mischief. He said he was acting in self-defense when he cut Roby, but did not answer when asked why he had not called authorities, the report said.

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trees2 says... April 12, 2012 at 9:06 a.m.

Yeah, it was self defense. He knew the 25 year old was going to kick his ass for being stupid.

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NONSHEEPLE says... April 12, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.

THIS would have been a perfect case for self defense... The knife wielder could have been shot dead even if he was wearing a hoodie and eating skittles....

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GottaMakeIt says... April 12, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

Roby was booked into, and released from, the Pulaski County Jail (see Right2Know mugshots on 040412) for failure to appear. Poor Guy! Let out of jail only to get cut up. Bet he shows up for court next time.

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