Man allegedly drugged Spencer Co. women

From local sources

ROCKPORT — An investigation launched when Spencer County women reported they had been drugged resulted in a man’s arrest Friday.


Robert C. Edwards, 40, of Cloverport, Ky. met with a Spencer County woman Aug. 10 after communications on an online dating site, according to information gleaned through Indiana State Police and Rockport Police Department investigations. Edwards allegedly told his date he would cook dinner. State police said that, upon eating the meal, the victim noticed an odd taste, her mouth began to burn and she began to get drowsy.

On Aug. 13, another Spencer County woman met with Edwards after communicating with him on an online dating site. He again volunteered to bring dinner but the victim declined, state police said.
Edwards brought his date a drink, police said, and upon consuming it the victim noticed it tasted funny and she began to have a headache. Before leaving her home, police said, Edwards stole some personal items from the victim.

Warrants for Edwards’ arrest were issued Aug. 14. State police and Rockport officers went to Cloverport and located Edwards with the assistance of the Cloverport Police Department. He was taken to the Breckinridge County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Indiana.

Police charged Edwards with a Class C felony count of delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance and Class D felony counts of illegally dispensing a legend (prescription) drug, criminal recklessness and theft.

“Fortunately,” said trooper detective Rob Gardner, “neither victim was injured in these cases and, thankfully, they came forward with the evidence to stop this guy.”

State police cautioned that online dating sites can be an avenue for people with ill intent. They recommend meetings take place in public and that a friend go along. They also advise that people not invite strangers to their homes, do not leave food or drinks unattended and do not give out personal information such as a home address or phone number.

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