DADE CITY — It went down in the church parking lot Thursday night, just as the wife and the mistress planned. They wanted a confrontation with their man.
Katherine Roberts asked her husband to meet her outside Church of the Living Christ so they could talk about their marriage. She and Warren T. Roberts — a utility worker who turned 38 last weekend — wed just after Christmas in 2006 in Tampa.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the couple had been separated, but Katherine, 36, got her husband's cell phone one day and looked through it.
She found a text message to her husband that said:
"I left my door open for you."
It was from another woman.
So Katherine called the woman who sent the message, Eolande Hill, 25.
It turns out that Eolande didn't know her man was married — just as Katherine didn't know her husband was dating.
They talked and decided to meet each other. At some point they started driving around Dade City looking for Warren.
They couldn't find him, so they set the trap.
Church parking lot. With Katherine, just to talk.
Warren arrived about 8 p.m. Thursday and Katherine got in his pickup truck to talk about their marital problems.
And then, as planned, Eolande arrived.
According to the Sheriff's Office, both women confronted Warren. He said he didn't want to talk with either of them.
He told his wife to get out of the truck and "leave him alone."
Katherine asked for her wedding ring back.
Warren said he didn't have it.
"Katherine got angry," a Sheriff's Office report states. She started rummaging through his truck, presumably looking for the ring.
Warren asked her to get out of the truck "several times." She wouldn't. So Warren got out of the truck, walked over to her side, reached in and pulled her out, the report said. She fell on the ground.
"Katherine retaliated by clawing Warren and ripping his shirt apart," the report said.
It was at about this time that deputies came.
Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, wouldn't say who called — if it was one of the threesome or a witness.
The deputy on scene noted that Katherine wasn't injured — and that Warren had several scratches on his face, neck and chest. But because Warren was the first one to get physical, he was deemed the primary aggressor in the fight.
He was arrested on a charge of domestic violence and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail. He was released Friday — just in time for Valentine's Day.
Erin Sullivan can be reached at (727) 869-6229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.