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Ohio man pummels clerk with Bible during robbery attempt

A man tried to rob a gas station in Toledo, Ohio, last week after pummeling a store clerk in the head with a Bible, police said.

Abbott Griffin, 57, reportedly went into the Circle K gas station at about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money from the cash register, saying he had "something in my left hand to put you on the floor," NorthwestOhio.com reported.

That's when he began to repeatedly strike the store clerk's head with a Bible until Toledo police arrived. He then walked to the door of the store with his hands in the air, The Toledo Blade reported.

"I've been running all night. You saw me like three times. Take me," Mr. Griffin reportedly told officers.

According to The Blade, the suspect then refused to surrender and said, "You can't take me, I'll take your gun," and then ran around the store.

Officers cornered the man near a beer case display, and he began throwing beer cans at the officers, the police report stated.

After a failed attempt to subdue Mr. Griffin with a stun gun, officers finally pinned him against the front door, where he reportedly kicked and punched officers and then tried to bite another, The Blade reported.

The suspect was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, and he was arraigned Friday morning. He faces an aggravated robbery charge, and his bond was set at $50,000.

The clerk was not injured, the police report said.

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