Area man bound over on robbery charge
EAST LIVERPOOL — The case of a man accused with robbing a Dresden Avenue BP gas station just before midnight Friday is heading straight to the county grand jury.
According to East Liverpool Municipal Court records, Robert P. Blake II, 31, of Stevens Alley, Wellsville, waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning in East Liverpool Municipal Court on a single robbery charge, which carries a penalty of up to eight years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
Bond was continued by Judge Melissa Byers-Emmerling at $20,000 cash or surety (or 10 percent) for Blake, who appeared for his initial preliminary hearing without council. He was ordered to have no contact directly or indirectly with the victim or be within 500 yards of the premises.
Blake remains in the county jail.
According to East Liverpool police Capt. Darin Morgan’s affidavit, Blake, wearing a red bandanna over his face, entered the store when the employee was putting money in the safe. He ordered her to give him all the money, telling her he had a gun. He then grabbed the cash tray and dumped the contents into a plastic bag that he had brought with him before fleeing the store.
The suspect was wearing a Minnesota Vikings’ coat, jeans with mud on them, black and white Nike shoes, neon yellow gloves and dark colored bandanna covering his face in surveillance video, just like Blake, who dealt with officers earlier in the day, police said.
While he was not found with a firearm, Blake did allegedly have a folding knife in the right front pocket of his coat.