RPD: Man charged with attempted murder for stabbing Rochester police officer

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September 15, 2017 03:02 PM

A Rochester man is facing attempted murder charges after police say he stabbed an officer Thursday evening.

According to Rochester police, officers were called to Louise Street off of Jay Street around 7:50 p.m. for a report of a stabbing. At the scene, police say they found two people who were injured -- one stabbed and one injured trying to get away from the suspect.

Officers also saw two more people yelling out a window that they were locked inside the home and a man with a knife was trying to get in.

Police say officers were able to force their way into the residence. And when Officer Amber Grosch, age 26, opened a door, she found the suspect, 47-year-old Leon Roach, with a knife.

Investigators say Roach came at Officer Grosch with the knife, stabbing her in the chest. Thankfully, the knife did not penetrate Officer Grosch's bullet-resistant vest. However, police say she was cut by Roach's knife on the hand.

Officers were able to take Roach into custody at that point. He is charged with attempted aggravated murder and assault. Police say Roach may face more charges in the case.

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Officer Grosch was treated and released at the hospital. She has been on the force for just less than a year.


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