Ohio Man Robs St. Clairsville, OH Walmart, Leads Police on Chase

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An Ohio man who authorities say led them on a high speed chase overnight after robbing an area Walmart is in custody.

Travis Simms, 30 of Youngstown, was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, failure to comply with police, weapons under disability, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

The robbery happened between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Walmart in St. Clairsville.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas says Simms went up to a cashier, showed a butcher knife and demanded money. After collecting several thousand dollars, Simms took off in a car stolen out of Pennsylvania, according to Lucas.

Deputy Jordan Blumling spotted a car matching the description of the one leaving the robbery traveling on I-70, getting off at exit 213. Deputy Blumling called for assistance and attempted to pull Simms over. That’s when authorities say Simms took off at a high rate of speed and eluded other deputies before getting onto I-70 eastbound.

Simms, pursued by police, attempted to head onto Rt. 9, but lost control and ended up traveling 185 feet into a ravine, Lucas said. He then took off on foot, but was arrested by officers with the St. Clairsville Police Department while trying to cross I-70.

The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry and Bridgeport Police Departments. 

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