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Police: Man, girlfriend arrested after gas station clerk’s nose likely broken in fight that started with stolen beer

A Middletown man and his girlfriend are in the Middletown City Jail after they allegedly walked out of a Middletown gas station with a can of beer and then beat up the clerk.

Latray Frazier, 22, was charged with robbery, and his girlfriend, Jade Bembry, 22, was charged with complicity to robbery after the alleged incident on Monday night at the Shell gas station, 2411 N. Verity Parkway, according to police reports.

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A clerk in the store told police that two people entered the store around 11 p.m. and when Bembry came to the register, she didn’t have enough money to pay for the items.

While in her car, she threw two items into the parking lot, and when she returned to the store, the clerk told her the lot was not a Dumpster.

That’s when Frazier and the clerk exchanged words, the report said.

Jade Bembry, 22, of Middletown, was charged with complicity to robbery.

Frazier then walked to the beer cooler, grabbed a 24-ounce Milwaukee Best Ice and left the store without paying, the clerk told police. The clerk told Frazier he needed to return the beer, the report said.

When the clerk walked outside, Frazier allegedly threw the beer can and hit the clerk in his nose. Police said the clerk’s nose was bloody and probably broken. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center for treatment.

The two suspects left the scene in a vehicle, described as a black 2003 Nissan. The clerk told police he believed Bembry worked at Taco Bell on Verity Parkway.

While police were sitting in their vehicle near Taco Bell, a vehicle matching that description pulled into the lot. Police arrested Bembry and then arrested Frazier at a residence in the 2400 block of Browning Street.

They will have their preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. March 7 in Middletown Municipal Court, according to records.

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