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Man accused in father's stabbing death denied bond; 911 call describes frantic scene

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man is in jail without bond after allegedly stabbing his father to death last night. Corey Eugene Roberts, 20, is charged with first-degree murder.

A frantic 911 call from the Roberts family's home began with the caller saying a man was trying to kill himself. It ended with desperate cries for an ambulance.

"It is still happening," the female caller said. "He is trying to kill himself. I need an ambulance now."

Wilmington Police arrived at 503 Knighthawk Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday after the 911 call.

"He is trying to stab himself," said the caller, who then told the operator Roberts had a knife.

According to the caller, Roberts was trying to hurt himself. The caller then describes the situation taking a violent turn.

"He is African-American. He is not very tall, about 5'7". He has kind of, like it is not an afro, but it is sort of... I think he stabbed my dad. I think he stabbed my dad!" the caller said. "Get an ambulance here now!"

Officers found Corey Roberts outside his home with a knife they believe he used to stab his father, Christopher Eugene Roberts, 52. Officers arrested Corey Roberts at the scene. His father was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Corey Roberts was in court Friday morning. When the judge asked him if he had anything to say, Roberts said, "Sorry," and began crying.

Neighbors, who did not want to go on camera, say they are in shock. They say they live in a neighborhood where everyone knows one another, and the Robertses always seemed like a happy family.

Roberts is in the New Hanover County Jail without bond. He was appointed a death-penalty certified public defender.

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Like I said...

"Polite respectful" kids stab their fathers to death every day.... no arguments on that.

**rolls eyes**

This comment is ignorant.

This comment is ignorant. If you knew this kid you would be in shock and want to help
Him, he is clearly in need of help if he wanted to kill himself. May god help you in the way you judge people, that is for God to do. Not for any of us.

How many?

Murders so far this year in Wilmington?

Vog

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts was one of the finest people I have ever known. He always made it a priority to help others any way he could. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A loss to all of us

How Chris died is nothing short of the man he was. In his circles I can say for all of us, we morn a true hero, friend, business associate and he will be missed by one and all. Rest in peace my friend, your good deeds here on earth will be rewarded in heaven.
I would say the whole town is a bit less without Chris's smile and wit.

"Newark South"

"Newark South"

newark south.this is to

newark south.this is to funny.(smh)

Wow

This is crazy. Completely unreal.

Man stabbed to death by son

A death so close to our home is a little frightening. I consider Pine Valley subdivision as a whole, (including the smaller subdivisions within), a safe place to live and raise a family.

It's just hard to imagine that we've had 2 murders here within the last two years; one of which, if I'm not mistaken, remains unsolved (Pine Valley Dr. murder, July 2011).

My biggest concern is, are we safe within the confines of our neighborhood?

The audacity of your comment

The audacity of your comment about your own safety amazes me. This was a family issue turned bad. Stop thinking only of yourself for a minute and think about what this family has just been through. None of us could ever understand what they are feeling right now. How about praying for them instead of immediately thinking of yourself. This is not about you.

If he killed his father he

If he killed his father he would kill you just as quick.

The audacity of your comment

The audacity of your comment about your own safety amazes me. This was a family issue turned bad. Stop thinking only of yourself for a minute and think about what this family has just been through. None of us could ever understand what they are feeling right now. How about praying for them instead of immediately thinking of yourself. This is not about you.

A quiet, polite young man,

A quiet, polite young man, anyone who knows Corey are stunned. Wow, this is a real shock. Made me call my 20 year old son up at NC State to remind him of my unconditional love.

goofy

Come on Big Daddy! That is corny, cheesy or goofy...Whatever people call it these days.

Maybe you'd do the same if

Maybe you'd do the same if you knew a young boy was in such pain that he was suicidal. I would call my son too and remind him that he is loved.

Yeah you are as safe in the

Yeah you are as safe in the "confines of our neighborhood" as you are at the Boston Marathon. WAKE UP Tootsie. Crime is not confined to the poor and middle class. It hits you "better" folk too. And no, I am not black, I am as lilly white as you.

death

Thanks I really get sick of people thinking all black people are criminals and no one else does anything

re: Man stabbed to death by son

"My biggest concern is, are we safe within the confines of our neighborhood?"

Safer than walking the streets of Creekwood after dark.

This is a very unfortunate

This is a very unfortunate accident. This is a wonderful family and it is a sad situation; my heart breaks for them. You never know what families are going through. I don't know where you live, but I could throw a rock and hit their home......I am not fearful at all. I am so sorry for the family and we should do what we can to help...say a prayer.

Safety

"Safety" is a state of mind, influenced by the management of your own surroundings and abilities to, appropriately, respond to unforeseen circumstances. Do you, your home or neighborhood look like an easy victim or have you installed defenses (ranging from high tech electronics to, simple, landscaping ideas to the way you carry yourself in public) or deterrents (motion activated lights, a protective dog, etc)? Have you planned out how you would respond in various situations (an unexpected doorbell ring in the middle of the day, or night, a stranger hanging around your car as you exit the grocery store or the, inevitable, "bump in the night) or will you wait and let fear, erroneously, dictate your response? We are fortunate to live in an area with admirable law enforcement agencies. However, even the best police agencies can't be everywhere all of the time which leaves us all responsible for the management of our own safety.

Teach me!

"Wilmington Observed"-
I have thought about your post all weekend. I am in the medical field and I frequently think out reacting to some life-threatening situations. It mentally prepares us for the situation when it arises (as it undoubtedly does). That being said, I am frequently home alone with my small children and I wonder how I would react to the doorbell or bump in the night, but I have never come up with a good vision. Where can I find information and statistics on the best way to react to these situations that inevitably catch you off gaurd? I keep the yard mowed and we have a dog. How do I make myself and my home not look like an "easy victim"; what are "landscaping ideas"?
Thank you!

Are you safe? With the inordinant amount of criminals..

...and mental cases allowed to freely roam about in our society, you just may want to consider retaining some effective form of self-defense to have on hand...just in case...you know, another unfortunate murder-type event happens to convene once again in your neighborhood.

No!

Absolutely not.....No one is safe within the confines of their neighborhood or anywhere else. Crime is everywhere, even in expensive neighborhoods like Landfall. The best thing you can do is be ever watchfull and take the best precautions that you can. Don't be paranoid about it; just be alert.

SAFE??

WHERE is safe??? I want to know, there is NO safe place!!! You have to be aware of your surroundings anywhere and eveywhere, never let your gaurd down, keep your eyes open and use your common sense.

and when you are driving...

"WHERE is safe??? I want to know, there is NO safe place!!! You have to be aware of your surroundings anywhere and eveywhere, never let your gaurd down, keep your eyes open and use your common sense." DP101,

I wish people would adopt that same attitude behind the wheel!

The tragedy between this father and son is truly horrible. At this time we do not know but mental health could be a factor. I am sorry for this whole family and their friends that will suffer.