Man arrested for attempted murder on Louise Street Thursday night

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A man has been arrested for attempted aggravated murder after Rochester Police officers responded to a call on Louise Street Thursday night. 

Police responded to the location around 7:50 p.m., for a report of people stabbed. 

Once on scene, officers found two victims outside the house, one stabbed and one injured from jumping out of a window to escape the suspect. Officers also observed two people leaning out a window, and heard them screaming they were locked in and could not get out, and that someone was trying to break in and had a knife.

Police officers forcibly entered the house to assist the people inside. 

While entering the house, Officer Amber Grosch, 26, was confronted by the suspect. The suspect lunged at Officer Grosch, while swinging a knife. The officer was struck by the knife on her chest, but it did not penetrate her bullet-resistant vest. Officer Grosch did sustain an injury to her left hand as a result of the suspect’s actions. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.

The suspect was taken into custody by the officers and identified as Leon Roach, 47, of the City of Rochester.

Roach was charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder for attempting to stab Officer Grosch, and Assault in the Second Degree for the injuries sustained by a civilian victim prior to arrival of police. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

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