Man Accused Of Dropping Gun In Robbery Attempt, Leading Police On Chase

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A Columbus man is behind bars, accused of robbing a store, trying to rob another and breaking into a home to avoid police on Wednesday night.

According to court documents, Robert E. Pardon, 40, allegedly pulled a gun on a clerk at Bee's Market, loated at 2516 W. Broad St.

The clerk also had a gun and pointed it at Pardon. Pardon dropped his own weapon and then picked it up and ran from the store, according to police.

Authorities said Pardon then went to Alex's Market, located at 2991 Sullivant Ave., pointed a gun at the clerk and escaped with cash.

A witness described Pardon to police who spotted him in the neighborhood. Pardon led authorities on a police foot chase.

Court documents stated that Pardon broke into a basement window of a home on Wiltshire Avenue and confronted the homeowner. Pardon allegedly took money and keys from him.

Police found Pardon on that same street and made an arrest. He denied robbing either store but admitted to being in the Wilshire home.

Pardon was slated for a court appearance on Friday.

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