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Police Arrest Man in Attempted Armed Robbery of Marietta Convenience Store
Posted on: 02/13/2014
By  Mike Cullums
Marietta Police have arrested a local man for the attempted armed robbery of the Speedway convenience store at 433 Second Street on Wednesday night.
Captain Jeff Waite says that when officers arrived at 10:20 PM they found that a white male had entered the store…milled around for a few minutes…then put his hand in the pocket of his hoodie to make it appear he had a gun…and demanded that the clerk give him all the money in the cash register.
The clerk, who could see part of his hand…not a gun…sticking out of the hoodie asked if he was serious. Waite says the suspect replied, “yes, empty the drawer.”
At that point a second employee entered the Speedway. The suspect removed his hand from his pocket and denied trying to rob the store, saying he would not do that because he already had felony warrants for his arrest. He then left the store.
After reviewing video and speaking with a witness, officers determined the suspect was 32-year-old Chad Smearman, address unknown. Early this morning police received a tip that Smearman was at 100 Linwood Avenue. Officers found him there and observed that that, as he got dressed, he put on the same clothes he was wearing at the time of the robbery attempt.
Chad Smearman was charged with a second degree felony count of attempted aggravated robbery, as well as three outstanding warrants. He is in the Washington County Jail.
In other Marietta Police news…
Early this morning officers arrested a Newport Township man following a brief pursuit.
Police observed 21-year-old Osten Michael Hartshorn of Newells Run Road driving without headlights and squealing tires on South Third Street. When an officer tried to pull him over, Hartshorn took off. He was stopped about six blocks away in a parking lot at 331 Pike Street, where he admitted to drinking several beers and ten shots of liquor.
At the police station his blood-alcohol content tested nearly three times the legal limit. Hartshorn was charged with OVI, fleeing and eluding, reckless operation, no headlights and no seat belt. He was later released on bond.
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