Rochester man arrested in INDOT assault case

BOURBON, Ind. (WANE) — Indiana State Police arrested a Rochester man Tuesday for the assault of an Indiana Department of Transportation worker a week and a half ago.

Richard Roe, 56, faces a battery charge and is accused of assaulting the INDOT worker on State Road 331 south of Bourbon, Indiana, which is about 60 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, on Nov. 7.

The INDOT worker was in a truck at a construction site that day. While on his lunch break, the worker noticed a man trying to drive around the barricades blocking the road. When the worker thought the driver had driven over some equipment, he got out of his car.

According to the police report, the driver struck the worker with the side mirror of his truck, then stopped the truck, got out, started yelling profanities and punched the worker several times in the face.

The driver went back to his truck and left headed south on State Road 331. The worker received multiple lacerations to his face.

According to David Caswell — the trooper who made the arrest — Roe became a suspect in the case after the Bourbon Police Department received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen.

Trooper Caswell obtained an arrest warrant for Roe through Marshall County and took the suspect into custody Tuesday.

Roe is being held in the Marshall County Jail on a $25,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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