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Dwight Abernathie, 31, of Imperial was charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and illegal use of a weapon after an attempted robbery on the property of East Central College. (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Department) Dwight Abernathie, 31, of Imperial was charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and illegal use of a weapon after an attempted robbery on the property of East Central College. (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Department)
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Dwight Abernathie, 31, of Imperial was charged with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and illegal use of a weapon after an attempted robbery on the property of East Central College.

The incident prompted an alert.

"They sent out an email letting all the students know, hey, be careful, that there was an armed robbery, attempted armed robbery," Cheyanne Dietzzler, student at East Central College, said.

Court documents say Abernathie approached a 27-year-old man walking on a trail on the school's property, put a knife to his throat and threatened to cut off his head if he didn't turn over his valuables. 

The man only had his phone on him.  Records show the victim and Abernathie drove away together, presumably to go to the man's house to get his wallet.

Those who live nearby were frightened to hear of the crime. 

"It's pretty crazy to hear about a crime such as armed robbery happening right outside where I live," said Matt Dildine who lives across the street from the walking trail.

Police say Abernathie demanded that the man first stop at a nearby convenience store and buy him a 24-ounce beer, and the man complied.

Police and court records don't state why the victim didn't run away or call police, but based on what happened next, he may have been planning a surprise for the suspect.

Documents indicate the victim and Abernathie then drove to a nearby apartment complex.  After getting out of the car, a friend of the victim hit Abernathie twice with a baseball bat and the victim punched him in the face.  Both held the suspect on the ground until police arrived.

"Kind of deserved it," Dietzzler commented with a laugh.

According to police, Abernathie smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and admitted he was drunk. Investigators say he was so intoxicated and belligerent that they were unable to fingerprint him when he was booked. 

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