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Palm Coast Man, Angered Over PlayStation, Accused of Battering Pregnant Wife; Rash of B-Section Burglaries End in Arrest

| July 14, 2014

Cody Lynch, left, and Michael McRoberts.

Cody Lynch, left, and Michael McRoberts.

Cody J. Lynch is a 21-year-old resident of Farmbrook Lane in Palm Coast. He is soon to be a father with his young wife. On Friday (July 11), he was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman—allegedly over his inability to find his PlayStation 4.

As the victim described it to Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, she had come home after work Friday to find Lynch very upset over the fact that he couldn’t find the toy. But because of his recent substance abuse, the victim told police, she had removed many items of value from the house—presumably to keep them from being hocked at a pawn shop—and stored them at another house. But when Lynch got her to tell him where the toy was, he made her drive to the place where it was stored.

The couple drove a Mazda. While in the car, Lynch, his arrest report states, “removed the keys from the ignition and shoved [the victim] against the window/interior door.” Lynch’s wife told authorities that she was not injured and refused evaluation by paramedics at the scene. Deputies observed “slight bruising” top her left arm, but the victim would not confirm or deny whether the bruising was a result of her husband shoving her.

Another witness—the person at whose house the Playstation 4 was located—had alerted deputies of the domestic disturbance when, at around 5:45 p.m., Lynch called to arrange for the pick-up, and the witness could hear screaming in the background. The screaming led the witness to call 911, and in a written statement would later claim that Lynch had grabbed and shaken his wife during the argument.

When Lynch was placed under arrest, he complained of high blood sugar. Paramedics responded, taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, and cleared. There, he was read his rights, but he told police that he did not want to provide a statement.

In March, Lynch had been arrested for domestic battery, burglary and petit theft. The charges were dropped. In March, he was arrested for cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were dropped. On June 29, he was arrested and charged with battery and disorderly intoxication. That case is pending in County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens’s court, with an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 5. Lynch had briefly maintained a Twitter account two years ago. One of his last tweets: “It’s funny when you have nothing to offer, your ‘friends’ don’t seem to be there as much.”

18-Year-Old Sean McRoberts Arrested For Rash of B-Section Car Burglaries

Deputies responded to multiple residential and vehicle burglaries on Bunker Lane in Palm Coast Friday morning. At least 7 burglaries were reported on Bunker Lane, Bunker View Place, Bunker Hill Drive and Bunker Knolls Lane.

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At 6 Bunker Hill Lane, the owners of two vehicles parked in the driveway had left the cars’ doors unlocked overnight, and discovered that a wallet was stolen (it contained $4), along with a pack of cigarettes, about $7 in loose money left in the console, and a charger. At 12 Bunker View Drive, a 2013 Toyota Corolla was apparently left unlocked, and several items from it were stolen, including a knife, two headrest TV screens with a DVD player built in, a GPS unit, two phone chargers and a $20 bill. At 35 Bunker Hill Drive, yet another car left unlocked overnight—a Buick—was broken into, and a speaker box and a cigarette pack were stolen.

A resident spotted the suspect, Michael Shawn McRoberts Jr., 18, of 4 Bunker View Drive, wearing all black clothing and looking into windows. The investigation revealed that McRoberts had stolen items out of unlocked vehicles and committed several burglaries or attempted to commit burglaries in his own neighborhood.

McRoberts, investigators found, also attempted to enter an occupied home through a sliding glass door while the residents were sleeping. A homeowner, who was alerted by his barking dogs, spotted McRoberts fleeing the area and followed him until law enforcement officers arrived on scene.

McRoberts was located at his home on Bunker View Place where he was arrested and charged with Attempted Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Possession of Cannabis Under 20 Grams.

A criminal history check revealed a petit theft conviction of McRoberts in September 2013, when he was adjudicated a juvenile delinquent in a case from the Bunnell Police Department, as well as a shoplifting conviction in March 2012 by the Lake Wales Police Department, when he was also adjudicated a juvenile delinquent. Because of those convictions, the petit theft charge he got on Friday was upgraded to a felony petit theft.

McRoberts was transported to the Flagler County jail, where it was discovered he had Alprazolam, a prescription narcotic, in his possession. McRoberts was also charged with Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription. He is currently being held on $50,000 bond on 12 of the 13 charges, and no bond on the 13th charge (dealing in stolen property).

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15 Responses for “Palm Coast Man, Angered Over PlayStation, Accused of Battering Pregnant Wife; Rash of B-Section Burglaries End in Arrest”

  1. K says:

    Mr. Lynch just married his wife last Saturday July 5. Record of the marriage is available at the clerk’s website. Pretty sad that he celebrated this milestone by roughing her up possibly a few days before and according to this article, few days after the wedding.

    I hope her family and friends encourage her to run as far away as she can from this guy. If he’s abusing the woman he supposedly loved enough to marry, who’s carrying his child, what will he do to an innocent and defenseless baby?

    As for the recent drug abuse referenced in this article, according to his instagram account, drugs have proliferated his life to an extent that he actually set his sofa on fire a couple weeks ago because he passed out with a lit cigarette.

  2. Cheryl says:

    To young wife: I don’t need to know the particulars of your relationship to be able to say this to you: be done with this now. It’s not going to get better. I had nearly the same experience described in the police report when I was a young, mother-to-be. The day of our wedding, he disappeared for hours to get a fix.

    I would return home from work wondering if more valuables ended up at the pawn shop. I had to pay to get the title back for a car I paid cash for because he hocked the title. He told me he needed to run an errand. I didn’t see him for three days, leaving me stranded with no transportation. When he returned there was a giant gash in the passenger door because he drove off with drugs and didn’t pay. My car was now tagged. The car I drove to work in, drove my daughter to day care in everyday.

    I tried to control his behavior by hiding things, by monitoring, by trying to keep him at home. It didn’t work because I wanted him to get help more than he did. I played a role in getting him into several treatment programs that he would always eventually leave. I’m sharing these details because I’d be willing to be you’re dealing with them, too.

    Before you know it, you will be just as crazy as he is, but for different reasons.

    Be done with this now. You are responsible for the life of another little human being, not your husband. Make your child you’re entire focus and get yourself strong. It took me years to move on and understand why I was willing to be in an unhealthy relationship. It doesn’t have to be that way for you.

    • justtryingtohelp says:

      To this young mother-to-be: I know it is hard to hear the words that many have posted on here, but I do pray that you listen. You now not only have to think about your own well being, but also that of your unborn child. It isn’t easy to admit that the one you love doesn’t really love you back and also to admit that you are the receiver of abuse, but I hope that you do realize that is the case. Don’t think you can change him, you can’t. Only he can do that. Even if he promises to make the changes, get away from him and stay away for a period of time until he can prove to you and show you that he has changed. Words are so easy to come by and don’t mean a thing if they are not backed up by actions. I pray for you and your unborn child. I hope you have a good support system and can surround yourself with people who truly love you.

  3. Cassidy walton says:

    I am the sister in law, my sister married Cody & I think this is uncalled for I put on Facebook and flagler live she and him deserve their own privacy and how to deal with this.

  4. What the Heck says:

    21 years old and playing on a Play Station. And we wonder what happen to America !

  5. Anonymous says:

    a ps is not a “toy” —its a 300 device much like a tv

  6. A.S.F. says:

    @Cheryl says–I hope Mr. Lynch’s wife will take your post to heart. And that she will also look into domestic violence counseling. Abusers can be very convincing when they tell you they are sorry and will never do it again. But it’s likely that he will, especially while he is involved with drugs and even more so now that she is pregnant. Once the baby comes, it will get even worse. She needs to develop a safety plan–NOW. This guy has gotten away with far too much already. As for Mr.McRoberts, my bet is that he was involved with far worse as a juvenile than is reported above. He is now in a position to possibly find out how differently things work once you are in the adult criminal justice system.

  7. Scumcatcher says:

    I’m not sure I understand what these guys are smiling about. If I had been arrested for ANYTHING, I would not be mugging it up for the cameras. I just goes to show the lack of respect many folks have for basic human decency. As for the young mother….Get out now and cut your losses. Someone said it won’t get better and they’re right…it won’t. Dump the smiling idiot now!!

  8. Retired FF says:

    Ok, so Lynch has been busted on two different occasions for other crimes including drug possession and the charges were dropped. Why?

  9. Ray Thorne says:

    two upstanding citizens of our community…we should all be proud.

  10. Steve Wolfe says:

    Two failures of humanity. This is why I want jail to be a place no one wants to return to. I want the thief to experience deprivation, and the wife beater to be on the receiving end at the hands of someone bigger and much badder. And I don’t expect they’d learn much. It’s simply justice, since the courts won’t do anything of consequence.

  11. Natalie Spring says:

    Unfortunately I have also experienced domestic violence, and it’s easy for others to say to leave but there are a lot of psychological impacts and it’s not as easy as it seems. Especially when you have family members who support or tolerate this disgusting behavior. If the young lady reads this, I would tell her to do research on abused women, and understand the mind of an abuser and she will realize that his anger, and raging outburst are not your fault. And lastly to love yourself because you deserve so much more.

  12. A.S.F. says:

    Natalie–I agree with everything you say except to add that she should NOT take her time to develop a safety plan. The safety plan needs to be in place before anything else happens. And given the number of times her abuser has escaped the consequences of his negative behavior, I am sure that it will.

  13. HorseWith Aname says:

    One has a smirk the other has a smile, really? I wonder if they stopped smiling yet. This isnt your school photo its your mugshot. They should show these mugshots to the jury. Obviously they think its funny.

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