A domestic dispute turned violent confrontation left a father, mother and son with stab wounds and at least two of the three facing charges.
The incident was reported around 5:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of Rockdale Road, just north of Ohio 4, when an apparent domestic dispute escalated into violence, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which did not release what caused the fight.
The mother, 57-year-old Sharon Grove, was taken by ambulance to West Chester Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to the sheriff’s office. She is currently being held without bond at the Butler County Jail and faces a domestic violence charge.
Her video arraignment will most likely be at 9:30 a.m. Friday through Butler County Area II Court, according to Lt. Morgan Dallman.
Her husband, 64-year-old Richard Grove, was taken by medical helicopter to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.
Their son, 23-year-old Matthew Grove, was taken by ambulance to West Chester Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
A warrant has been issued for Matthew Grove’s arrest on two counts of felonious assault and two counts of domestic violence, but that warrant has not yet been served, according to Sgt. Rob Whitlock.
Deputies spoke to Sharon Grove, who said her son stabbed her on the left arm and also stabbed Richard Grove, who was found inside the residence by the stairs on top of Matthew Grove with multiple cuts to his left arm and face, according to an incident report.
None of them sustained life threatening injuries during the incident, police said.
Two 911 calls placed from the home to Butler County emergency dispatchers provided details of the crime scene.
The first was a more than 5-minute-long open call filled with people inside the home hollering as a dispatcher frantically tried to obtain information.
“Matt!” Sharon Grove can be heard yelling in the background, “There’s blood everywhere!”
Then, “Please stop, Matthew! You’re killing your father! Stop!”
A man then yells: “You guys pushed me to this (expletive) point! You pushed me! You pushed me! You pushed me!”
Then, more than four minutes into the call, Sharon Grove picks up the phone to say three people have been stabbed and provide an address.
A few minutes later Grove called 911, pleading for ambulances to be summoned to the scene.
“Please hurry. My husband’s dying,” she said to a dispatcher.
“Has he been shot or stabbed?” the dispatcher said.
“Stabbed,” she said. “I’ve been stabbed. My son’s been stabbed. There’s blood everywhere. Please hurry.”
The dispatcher then told Grove to stay on the line to answer more questions, including who did the stabbing, but she made a brief, frantic plea before putting the phone down.
“Please, I need ambulances now for three people,” she said. “I gotta go help my husband. He’s bleeding everywhere.”
With the phone put to the side, a man in the background can be heard saying “Help me. I don’t want to die.”
Then, less than two minutes later, Matthew Grove can be heard saying, “Dad. Get up! Get the (expletive) up.”
“He can’t. He’s stabbed everywhere, Matt,” Sharon Grove said.
Toward the end of the call, a medic can be heard in the background asking, “Where’s your son?”
Sharon Grove replies: “They’re right on the floor. They’re both stabbed in the back.”
The sheriff’s office has had a history of runs to the house, with 15 prior calls for service being made to the residence since January 2003, Whitlock said.
They include a theft call in September, which ended in the arrest of Matthew Grove, who admitted breaking the window of his father’s vehicle and stealing $5,300 in cash. Calls from May include two warrant attempts and a domestic dispute in May. Calls in 2012 included a medical call, probation arrest attempt and a follow-up. Prior years saw calls for everything from a 911 hang up, vehicle fire and a domestic dispute to calls for a suspicious person, animal complaint and dog at large.
“It’s just all over the board,” Whitlock said of the variety of calls.
Sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate the incident, according to Dallman, who said more charges may be pending as they work to determine what caused the fight and who initiated it.
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