Man murdered in front of his children made haunting 911 call weeks before shooting

Man murdered in front of his children made haunting 911 weeks before shooting (WKEF/WRGT)

OHIO (WKEF/WRGT) - FOX 45 is investigating after a Beavercreek father is murdered just two weeks after making a desperate 911 call.

Six people, including victim Robert Caldwell's ex-wife, have been indicted for federal crimes relating to his death.

Caldwell made a 911 call to the Greene County sheriffs office on August 5, 2017, approximately two weeks before he was shot dead in front of his kids.

The person he claimed was chasing him is the same person who is now behind bars, accused by the Department of Justice.

"Bobby was the kind of poster child for doing everything right," said the victims brother Tyler.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman said Tuesday that Robert Caldwell was stalked before he was shot dead in August, and said the murder was premeditated.

Glassman explained that Caldwell's ex-wife Tawnney Caldwell, her ex Sterling Roberts, and four others were indicted for the planned and twisted plot.

FOX 45 looked deeper into this case, and found out Robert Caldwell alerted law enforcement that he feared for his life just days before the murder was carried out, he was driving near Jamestown.

"Yeah I have got a guy chasing me over here on Sutton in Jamestown, and he just tried to lure me, I'm assuming he's trying to kill me," Caldwell told dispatchers in Greene County.

"Do you know who it is?" the dispatcher asked.

"Yeah I do," Caldwell replied.

AUDIO: 911 call by Robert Caldwell

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Caldwell then told dispatchers the man chasing him was believed to be armed and dangerous.

"And who is this? Who's the guy?" The dispatcher asks.

"His name is sterling Roberts, he's my ex-wife's boyfriend, and they just lost full custody of all our kids," Caldwell replies.

Sterling Roberts is now facing federal indictment accused of pulling the trigger in Robert Caldwell's murder.

On the day of the indictments, Caldwell's family told FOX 45 they believe the custody battle between Robert and Tawnney was the motivation for the murder.

"I'm a little shaken up," Caldwell tells the dispatcher.

"Okay, I understand," the dispatcher says.

"I knew, I knew something was going on," Caldwell explains.

At the end of the call the dispatcher tells Robert to go to the Jamestown Police Department where they will have a deputy meet him.

"Okay, thank you. I'm going to call my wife and have her get my kids out of my house in Beavercreek," Caldwell said to end the phone call.

FOX 45 is working to find out if a law-enforcement ever caught up with Sterling Roberts on the day of the 911 call, August 5.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office could only release the first two pages of the report that was filed on the incident, they said because it's still under investigation.

According to law enforcement, the kids Robert Caldwell shared with his ex-wife and suspect Tawnney, witnessed the murder, including 14-year-old Jacob who went missing that same day.

The Department of Justice is offering a $15,000 reward for information that will lead to Jacob Caldwell's recovery.

They said they believe he may have changed his appearance.

If you can help call the Sugarcreek Township Police at 937-310-3200 or the FBI at 513-421-4310.

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