Store owner fends off robber with can of beer

MARATHON, OH (FOX19) - Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a Clermont County convenience store, but ran away after the owner hit him with a can of beer.

The incident happened Monday night around 9 p.m. at Dave's Grocery in the 3800 block of U.S. Route 50 in Marathon.

The owner of the store, Narendra "Goppi" Patel, said he was preparing to close the store when the suspect entered and pointed a black gun at him and told him to place all the money on the counter.

Patel said he was putting together a 6-pack of beer, so he picked up one of the cans and threw it at the suspect, causing him to dodge the can, which in turn caused his baseball hat to fall off.

The suspect fled on foot and Patel chased him. The suspect did not get away with anything and no one else was injured. Patel flagged down a couple on a motorcycle and told them he had been robbed. The couple told police they saw the suspect go behind a house on the corner of Fomorin Road and U.S. 50.

A K-9 unit responded to the scene, but was not able to track the suspect. The baseball hat dropped inside the store is being retained as evidence.

The suspect is described as a white male with shaggy, thick, blonde hair, thin build, about 16 to 22 years old and wearing a white ball cap, black T-shirt and white bandanna over his face.

Anyone with information should call the Clermont County Investigative Unit at 513-732-7545.

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