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Labor Day Weekend Violence: Pointing a Gun at a Stepson, Punching a Pregnant Woman

| September 3, 2013

Robert Knoblaugh, left, and Charles Lockhart.

Robert Knoblaugh, left, and Charles Lockhart.

As soon as cops walked into 206 North Palmetto in Bunnell Friday evening (Aug. 30), Robert Knoblaugh, 63, pointed at his stepson and yelled: “He done it, lock him up!”

Knoblaugh said he wasn’t going to let his stepson beat him up, according to Knoblaugh’s arrest report. Before long, Knoblaugh was in handcuffs, still screaming: “This is not over,” he yelled at his stepson, even after being told to stop addressing him, “I’m going to get you when I get out.”

His stepson, Richard Gould, told a Bunnell police officer that he’d come over to visit his mother, and that “out of nowhere,” Knoblaugh started calling him names, pushing him, and threatening to kill him. Gould was with his children at the time, and was worried about their safety. When he prepared to leave, Knoblaugh, according to the officer’s report, “pulled a silver semi-automatic pistol on him and pointed it straight at Mr. Gould’s head. Mr. Gould advised me that his mother then grabbed Mr. Knoblaugh’s arm and pushed the gun to the ground. Mr. Gould advised that’s when he left the residence to keep his kids safe.”

Knoblaugh conceded to cops that he was mad at Gould and started to drink, though Knoblaugh’s wife said when her son came over he never said a word to Knoblaugh. According to her, it was her husband who “came and got all in Mr. Gould’s face,” then pulled a gun on her son. Mrs. Knoblaugh told cops that “her grandkids were behind Mr. Gould when the gun was pulled,” that “a lot of words were exchanged between both,” that the words were “bad, ugly and threatening for no reason.”

Gould’s wife Melinda was also present. She said that soon after arriving for a visit “Knoblaugh started yelling and cursing at Mr. Gould, telling him that ‘he’s not a pussy, and he’ll kick his ass.’” Knoblaugh, according to Melinda Gould, then started pushing her husband and kept asking him to hit him, something Gould did not do. Melinda said her husband told Knoblaugh “that he wouldn’t hit a senior citizen like that,” though as they were leaving she said Knoblaugh threatened to shoot her husband and pointed the gun at the car as well.

Knoblaugh was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with a witness, and simple battery, and the gun was secured for evidence. He was released on $4,000 bond.

The matter with Charles Lockhart, a 23-year-old resident of the Madison Green Circle apartments in Palm Coast, stretched over two days, beginning the morning of Aug. 30.

Just before 9 a.m., Flagler County deputies were called to the apartment address by Taneiqua Hampton, the 23-year-old victim. She is 34 weeks pregnant with Lockhart’s child, has a child with him, and lives with him. She told cops that she was sitting in the front seat of her 1993 Ford Explorer. Lockhart was in the back seat behind her. They started arguing over a house key. The fight escalated.

According to Hampton, Lockhart then “grabbed her hair numerous times, causing her glasses to break.” He then got out of the car, opened the front door of the vehicle and “intentionally punched her in the stomach,” according to a police report. He then left the scene.

Two days later (the night of Sunday, Sept. 1), Hampton again called cops and reported that Lockhart had returned as she was sleeping, and allegedly threatened to kill her. She had been in bed when she heard someone ring the doorbell. She ignored it. She then noticed a light come on in her apartment, and saw Lockhart walk through the place. He entered the bedroom. They argued about the unborn child.

Lockhart got in the shower. When he got out, the argument resumed, and according to the arrest report, Lockhart said: “I’m gonna kill you and me.” He then allegedly began looking through one of his drawers, and said he was looking for a bullet. Fearful for her life, Hampton left and went to her sister’s apartment, in the same complex.

Lockhart was arrested for domestic violence assault and aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, and jailed on $5,000 bond. He remained in jail Tuesday.

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8 Responses for “Labor Day Weekend Violence: Pointing a Gun at a Stepson, Punching a Pregnant Woman”

  1. Florida Native says:

    Any thug that punches a pregnant woman in the stomach should be UNDER the jail.

  2. Anonymous says:

    what is wrong with people these days? “Do unto others as you like them to do unto you”. a simple kind motto

  3. Parent of flagler county says:

    Looking for a bullet? Did the Flagler County Police determine if he has a gun? Maybe it was unregistered? Not only was the guy guilty of domestic violence but he is guilty of putting his child(the one that’s already born) in danger! God forbid another fight broke out and the child was involved!

    • ThreeEighty says:

      In the state of Florida there is no such thing as “registering” guns. You walk in the store, buy a gun and walk out. Papers get signed and those stay at the business. You buy a gun outside of a store, hand the cash get the gun and walk away. Just a little education on gun laws in our state.

  4. Poor n PC says:

    Isn’t living in Flagler County grand ? Its such a beautiful place to raise a family and work. Wonderful people who are all trust worthy , honest , helpful. Its just a GRAND HAVEN to live in !

  5. A.S.F. says:

    Why such low bond for charges that entail domestic violence? Were the victims counseled about how to go about getting the appropriate Restraining Orders and Orders of Protection? Were firearms confiscated? Will Child Protective Services be checking on the welfare of the other child in the Hampton/Lockhart apartment? I feel so bad for the innocent children stuck in the middle of all this chaos and violence!

  6. D. F. A. says:

    It is mandated by law in Florida for law enforcement to provide victims of domestic violence a pamphlet detailing their (the victims) rights and remedies. It walks th victim through the process of how to obtain a Restaining order. In addition, the FCSO has a victims advocacy section that is also made available to the victim of any crime to assist them. That could include obtaining a restraining order.

  7. m&m says:

    The coward that hits a pregnant women in the midsection should be charged with attempted murder.

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