Homeless man charged in Speedway robbery

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ASHTABULA — A 21-year-old homeless man, charged with robbing a Speedway gas station last week, remains behind bars today on a $100,750 bond, according to Municipal Court records.

Chance M. Short appeared Friday afternoon before Municipal Judge Laura DiGiacomo after being charged with aggravated robbery, robbery and resisting arrest, court records show. The judge also requested a mental health evaluation on Short. A preliminary hearing is set for this Thursday.

Short was charged shortly after Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputies were called at 1:30 a.m. Thursday to the Speedway gas station and convenience store, 2309 N. Ridge Rd. E., according to the sheriff’s report.

A female store employee said a white male entered the store at about 1:15 a.m. asking to use the restroom. He waited in the restroom until all other customers left and then approached the employee and struck up a casual conversation. He then made his way to the other side of the counter, stood beside her and placed her in a choke-hold.

He told her that he had a knife and demanded money.

After a brief struggle, the employee gave him the money and he fled the store, heading west on Route 20. A customer entering the store at the time chased after him, but the suspect ran into the woods.

A short time later, deputies responded to a call reporting a suspicious male hiding in a yard on Fargo Drive. Deputies found a white male matching the suspect’s description at the intersection of Route 20 and Fargo Drive.

During questioning, the suspect attempted to flee. Deputies attempted to place him in handcuffs, but he tried to hit the deputy and was able to break free. The deputy chased after him and was able to arrest him again.

The suspect was placed under arrest and taken back to Speedway, where the employee positively identify him. He was transported to the county jail in Jefferson.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.

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