Arrest in Blue Ash Speedway robbery, attack on customer

Arrest in Blue Ash Speedway robbery, attack on customer
Speedway (FOX19 NOW file)
Speedway (FOX19 NOW file)

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - The suspect accused of robbing a gas station at gunpoint and then attacking a female customer is under arrest.

Robert Bates faces a judge Tuesday on charges of felonious assault and robbery. He is held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

According to Blue Ash police, Bates held up the Speedway gas station off Plainfield and Hunt roads just after 2:30 a.m. July 27.

A female Good Samaritan in her 20s witnessed the crime from the parking lot and tried stop Bates as he passed by.

She got out of her vehicle and grabbed him, police have said.

He hit her in the face with his black handgun, knocking her unconscious.

The woman suffered a serious cut to the left side of her face but refused treatment at scene.

Meanwhile, Bates jumped into a waiting vehicle that sped off on Hunt Road and then westbound on the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway.

A second Good Samaritan, a male driver who saw the woman assaulted, followed the suspects' vehicle, trying to get a license plate to relay back to police.

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