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July 1, 2013

New Paris woman accused robbery, assault at Quaker Steak

— A Bedford County woman faces robbery and assault charges after she was accused of swiping a cash bag from Quaker Steak & Lube and then smacking a waitress in the face with it.

Richland Township police said Natalie J. Leach, 23, of New Paris, grabbed the money bag Saturday while the restaurant’s manager was trying to sort out a dispute that started over a bill.

“The manager was trying to work with them ... and things got rowdy,” Richland police Detective Thomas Keirn said, adding that Leach reached over the bar and grabbed the bag.

Keirn said she then took a swing at a waitress with the money purse in her hand, knocking her to the ground.

“I think it caught her off guard,” he said.

The waitress was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment and then released, Keirn added.

Leach left the scene but then returned to the parking lot and was taken into custody, police said. The money bag was recovered with its entire contents, approximately $300, still inside, Keirn said. Police said alcohol was likely a factor in the incident.

Leach apparently has an unlisted phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Charges against her include two felony robbery counts, simple assault for striking the waitress and disorderly conduct, a criminal complaint shows.

She was arraigned by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

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