Police: 3 jailed after attempted station robbery

Three people were arrested after an attempted armed robbery at the Marathon gas station at 1105 Washington St.

Columbus police arrested Rachael Roberts, 20, 9995 W. Georgetown Road, on preliminary charges of attempted armed robbery and battery on a police officer, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Ashley D. Allman, 23, Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary charges of assisting a criminal and disorderly conduct. Anthony S. Walker, 27, 2132 W. Northgate Drive, was arrested on a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal.

Police were sent to the gas station about 11:50 p.m. Sunday where a clerk said a woman entered the store with a knife and demanded money, Harris said.

When the clerk refused, the woman left the store in a white Oldsmobile, Harris said. Police checked a security camera at the intersection, which showed the woman leaving the vehicle and entering the store, Harris said.

About 3:30 a.m. Monday, Officer Justin Black found a white Oldsmobile at a parking lot at Eighth and Pearl streets that matched the description of the vehicle in the video, Harris said.

Black spoke with Roberts, Allman and Walker and heard inconsistencies in their stories but later determined that Roberts was the woman who had entered the gas station attempting to rob it, Harris said.

Roberts is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bond, jail officials said. Allman is being held at the jail in lieu of $11,000 bond, and Walker is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.