An Abingdon man is in custody, charged with assault and robbery after authorities say he severely beat an Abingdon gas station clerk in July.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the Exxon station in the 2900 block of Emmorton Road in Abingdon on July 19 after a report of an assault. There they found employee Kamileshkumar Patel, 54, of Abingdon, suffering from injuries he received in the assault. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center but has since been released.
An investigation by detectives found the incident began as an argument between Patel and two unknown men, one of whom tried to take a cup from the beverage area. The man started threatening Patel, who took his phone out to film the man.
The man left the store, but the argument continued as Patel followed him out, still filming. The man then assaulted Patel, striking him in the head multiple times and knocking him to the ground. He took Patel’s phone and fled the scene.
An arrest warrant was issued Friday for William Jones, 28, of Abingdon. He turned himself inat the Harford Detention Center Wednesday. He is being held without bail after an appearance before a District Court commissioner.
No charges have been filed against the second man in the store with Jones. The investigation is ongoing.