A Fayette County man was held for court following a preliminary hearing after a Vanderbilt Sweet Pea’s clerk testified that he was beaten across the face with a crowbar in a July 18 robbery.

Clifford Wade Colbert, 37, of Vanderbilt faces formal arraignment next month on two counts of robbery and one count each of simple assault, criminal mischief and theft.

Clerk John Clark testified Monday he saw movement at the back door of the convenience store around 4:30 a.m. while working an 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at Sweet Pea’s. Clark said doors didn’t open until 5 a.m., and a man smashed the glass in the window of the store’s door, ran in and began to beat at the coin machine containing a prize of $100.

“He had a hood on and was beating the machine with a crowbar,” Clark testified. “I got hit across the face — at least once — with the crow bar, and then he drug me down the aisle.”

Clark testified he fell against a Coke machine, and when he tried to stand up, he hit his face again. When he got up a second time, Clark testified, he saw the suspect running away. He testified he thought the man was leaving, but instead the suspect went back to the machine and continued trying to break it open.

Clark said it was at that time that the man’s hood had slipped off, and Clark said he recognized the side of the man’s face Colbert frequents the store.

Colbert was allegedly able to break the lock on the coin machine, and took the $100 bill before leaving. Clark said he called the store’s owner to report the incident and sought treatment for facial injuries.

Magisterial District Judge Michael Metros held all charges for court.

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