Law & Justice

Lansdale Man Doesn’t Want Room Inspected, Allegedly Assaults Two Women

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A Lansdale man, who was sentenced in 2002 to one year in prison on a simple assault charge in the borough, remains in Montgomery County jail on $25,000 bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing in Lansdale District Court on charges of misdemeanor simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, in connection with his alleged attack of two women inside an apartment on the 200 block of North Broad Street Aug. 4.

Roderick Smith, 51, of the 200 block of North Broad Street, allegedly hit the alleged victims – a mother and a daughter – during an argument over his refusal to let them inspect his rented room, according to an affidavit.

Lansdale Borough Police responded to Smith’s address at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 4 for a domestic dispute in progress, police said.

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Upon arrival, officers heard yelling within the first floor of the apartment, police said. After knocking, Smith opened the door.

Police said Smith was standing in the living room, drinking a Rolling Rock, and yelling about how one woman of the home told him to move out by Sept. 1. He then sat on the couch and continued to sip his beer.

Officers spoke with the alleged victims, and were told by the mother that she was going to inspect Smith’s room, as he is a renter and she is within her duties to inspect the room to make sure it is well-kept, police said.

Prior to police arrival, Smith had allegedly become upset and threatened the woman, telling her that if she goes into his room, he would throw her down the steps, according to the affidavit.

At that time, the daughter heard the argument, and stepped between them. Police said Smith then allegedly told the girl he would kill her.

The girl raised her hand, as though she was going to strike Smith, police said.

Smith then allegedly smacked the girl with an open hand, knocking her into the couch, police said. He then wrapped his arms around her.

While covering the daughter, Smith then allegedly struck the mother at least twice in the head, police said.

Police said the women suffered injuries from the alleged assault, including redness and swelling of the mouth, and jaw and ear pain.

In January 2002, Lansdale Borough Police picked up Smith on two felony aggravated assault charges, four simple assault charges, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, according to court records. He was eventually convicted of one simple assault charge in March 2002 and was sentenced to one year in prison, according to court records.

Smith has a rap sheet dating back to Philadelphia in 1981.

Smith was found guilty of criminal trespassing and burglary in February 1981 in Philadelphia, serving three years’ probation for each offense, according to Pennsylvania court records.

In 1984, Smith was arrested by Philadelphia Police for unauthorized use of a vehicle, but he was later found not guilty, according to records. Philadelphia prosecutors in January 1985 opted not to prosecute Smith for a charge of theft by receiving stolen property, according to records.

In October 1991, Smith pleaded guilty to indirect criminal contempt stemming from an arrest in Horsham Township, per court records.

In October 1999, Smith was charged by Lansdale Borough Police with 10 offenses, including felony second-degree aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, per court records. In a migrated disposition, Smith was found not guilty of nine of the 10 charges; a charge of aggravated assault was quashed.

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