Customer assaulted trying to stop gunman fleeing gas station robbery

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - A female customer was assaulted trying to stop a gunman fleeing a gas station robbery overnight, Blue Ash police said.

The woman refused medical treatment at the scene, and the gunman escaped.

He demanded cash from a worker inside the Speedway off Plainfield and Hunt roads just after 2:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

He obtained an undetermined amount and ran out.

The female Good Samaritan in her early 20s witnessed the crime from the parking lot and tried to stop the man as he passed by.

She got out of her vehicle and grabbed him. He reached up and hit her with his pistol, "leaving her with a pretty good cut on the side of her face,"  police said.

The suspect, who wore a blue bandana over his face, jumped into a waiting vehicle that sped off onto Hunt Road and then went westbound on the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway.

A second Good Samaritan, a male driver who saw the woman assaulted in the gas station parking lot, followed the suspect's vehicle, trying to get a license plate to relay back to police.

Blue Ash officers said they appreciate the help, but they do not recommend the public attempt to physically intervene and run the risk of getting hurt over money or other property that can be replaced.

The gunman is described as white, 5-foot-10 and in his late teens to early 20s. He wore a blue hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040

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