Urbana man charged following robbery, chase

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

SPRINGFIELD – An Urbana man is facing charges in Clark County following a robbery and leading law enforcement on a pursuit through multiple counties on Thursday.

Bradley J. Coffman, 40, of 311 E. Jefferson St., is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, along with other misdemeanor charges stemming from his alleged conduct.

According to a law enforcement arrest report filed in the Clark County Municipal Court, Springfield Police were dispatched to North Bechtle Avenue at 9:58 a.m. Thursday in reference to a robbery at a gas station.

The reporting party stated a man in a grey hooded sweatshirt, brown sunglasses, and a dark colored piece of cloth over his mouth and nose walked into the business with a 10-inch knife and told him to open the register. The suspect, later identified as Coffman, walked behind the counter and pointed the knife at the employee’s chest area.

Coffman reportedly reached into the register and removed the cash drawer putting it into a black bag and exited the business. He then fled to a grey vehicle and left the scene.

At 10:47 a.m., Springfield dispatch notified officers that Champaign County deputies had the suspect vehicle from the robbery stopped in Madison County. It was later discovered they pursued Coffman’s vehicle southeast on state Route 29 and the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit by deploying stop-sticks effectively causing the vehicle to have a flat rear tire.

Mechanicsburg Police Officers arrived on the scene to assist in apprehending Coffman, locating money in the front pocket of his pants.

Coffman was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital for injuries he sustained during the arrest before he was treated and released.

The cash drawer was located one mile west of North Bechtle Avenue on Eagle City Road.

Coffman pleaded not guilty to the charge during an arraignment hearing Friday and his bond was established at $20,000, according to the municipal court’s website.

In addition to the new charge, Coffman was served with warrants stemming from other cases. He was indicted in Clark County earlier this month for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and receiving stolen property.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.