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Man robbed while paying for gas in Steubenville

Updated: Monday, January 13 2014, 02:39 PM EST

By Jennifer Black


A man counting out his gas money at the Speedway in Steubenville was attacked and robbed Sunday night, and now a Steubenville man is facing a robbery charge.

Monday morning, Rernard A. Ellis appeared in Steubenville Municipal Court for his arraignment.

Rernard is facing a second-degree felony charge after punching a man in the face and taking his money.

According to the police report, the incident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday.  Police responded to several calls of a man holding another man to the ground in a choke hold.

When police arrived on scene, the victim told police he was counting his gas money at the counter when he was pushed aside.  He told police that he chased Ellis out of the store to the far end of the parking lot.

Ellis then turned and punched the victim in the face.  Police said the victim had a swollen face and fat lip.

According to the report, Ellis told police, “Yeah I did it.  Take me to jail so I have some place to say.”

Police arrested Ellis transported him jail, where he was booked on $15,000 bond.

In court Monday, Ellis told the judge he did not have a job or income and did not pay rent.  He also told the judge he did not have the $25 needed to obtain a court-appointed attorney.

"I'm not going to have you represent yourself on this serious charge, because you can't afford an attorney,” Judge Daniel Spahn said.

Ellis’ second-degree felony charge comes with a sentence of up to 8 years in jail and up to $15,000 fine.

Spahn ruled that Ellis could come up with the $25 fee at a later time, and assigned him a court-appointed attorney.

Ellis will appear in court again on Jan. 17, and remains behind bars on $25,000.

Man robbed while paying for gas in Steubenville

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