An Oak Lawn man, in either a roommate disagreement or lovers’ spat, was charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after argument with another man with whom he was living with prior to October 2nd.
Torrrance Roland allegedly returned to the house to get clothing from the residence on October 7th. He couldn’t get the door opened because the other man had allegedly changed the locks after asking him to leave five days earlier in a dispute about a car.
Roland told the police he began banging on the door and the other man opened it slightly with a knife in his hand because the man knew Roland would “beat his ass”. When Roland couldn’t gain entrance to the residence, he allegedly settled for grabbing the knife out of the man’s hand and headed outside to the parked car.
Roland allegedly told the police he stabbed the tires of the car and was not remorseful for doing so. In fact, he said he would do it again because he wants his clothing from the residence.
The other man told a similar story explain adding that Roland was yelling “open up the f…ing door, I’m gonna kill you”. The man claimed that he then called the police. The man said he saw Roland slashing the tires of his Cadillac and Roland saw him in the window. When he made eye contact, Roland allegedly again yelled, I’m gonna kill you, I’m gonna kill you mother, and I know where you work”.
Roland was allegedly placing something in the back seat of a white Toyota Highlander and entering the front seat of the SUV driven by a woman, as the police arrived. Roland was told the exit the car and place his hands on the hood of the car, which he apparently did without any resistance.
The police noticed that Roland’s hands were bleeding and applied a bandage. After the bandage was applied Roland allegedly saw the other man and called him a “fag”. The police officer asked him not to use the language and Roland responded “I can use fag. I am one and so is he,” before allegedly telling the officer that the two men were in a dating relationship.
Another witness referred to the two men as “roommates” and said he was cooking his dinner when he heard a “hiss” coming from outside. The witness said he saw Roland slash the tires. After slashing the tires, Roland allegedly began kicking the door and once again, in case the message wasn’t received, yelled, “I’m gonna kill you” as he allegedly waived a “giant knife”, according to the witness.
Roland, a 33 year old black man, is an Oak Lawn resident.