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Daniel Roberts arrested on new charges for allegedly threatening and assaulting teen
Roberts third arrest

Note: Dates in this article have been updated according to a June 14, 2022 notice filed in Daniel Roberts' 2021 case.  

The defendant accused of killing 19-year-old Kaleb Duckworth last July has been arrested in Dawson County again. 

Daniel Lee Roberts was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office the evening of May 20, 2022, according to the weekly arrest report. He was charged with one count each of making terroristic threats and aggravated assault. The suspect is still in custody. 

Roberts allegedly threatened a teenage victim on May 13 between 5-6 p.m. near Dawson Village Way North and Ga. 53, according to a DCSO warrant. He is accused of telling the victim to come to his residence, where he, Roberts, would “‘give him the same thing he gave his buddy,’ referring to Kaleb Duckworth.”

Roberts allegedly committed the assault against the same victim on May 19 between 1:10 and 1:20 p.m. near 1860 Dawson Forest Road, according to another DCSO warrant. 

He was driving his pick-up truck when he entered the victim’s lane of travel and caused the other person to swerve in order to avoid a collision. 

Roberts’ arrest comes just eight days after his lawyers filed for a change of venue regarding the 2021 case. 

Earlier cases

Prior to this past Friday, Roberts was out of DCSO custody on a $100,000 bail after the bond denial for his 2021 case was reversed in December. 

Roberts allegedly caused Duckworth’s death because of a fight at the Dawson County Applebee’s on July 25, 2021. He has been indicted on two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery for that case. 

The indictment for that case alleges that Roberts punched the younger Dawsonville teen with a closed fist, causing serious brain damage. After the fight, Duckworth was taken to a hospital with severe brain trauma and died on July 27.

When the incident with Duckworth happened, Roberts was out on a $20,200 bond for an aggravated assault case from 2019. 

Documents for the oldest case alleged that after getting in a verbal disagreement with one victim, Roberts hit them while leaving a Dawson-area parking lot on Oct. 23, 2019. 

After being arrested that same night, Roberts was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and carrying a concealed weapon and reckless driving. 

Following Roberts’ 2021 arrest, bond for the 2019 case was subsequently revoked on Aug. 31, 2021. Court documents from that time cited that he violated conditions of the 2019 bond by allegedly committing new offenses. 

DCN will continue following Roberts' cases and provide updates.