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Man kicked out of Gaston adult video store charged with attempted murder

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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Robert Keith Bland was charged with attempted murder after police say he ran over a man who had helped escort him out of an adult video store.

A Shelby man who had just been escorted out of an adult video and novelty store was charged with attempted murder after police say he tried to run over one of the people who asked him to leave.

Robert Keith Bland, 50, was being held in Gaston County Jail on a $750,000 bond on Sunday, according to Gaston County Police. He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The incident happened at Laura’s Video store at 4008 Kings Mountain Highway on Saturday, which has sold adult videos and novelties since 1996. Police were called there on Saturday in reference to a person “being intoxicated and refusing to leave the premises.”

But before an officer arrived, the call was updated to an assault.

Officers determined that the assault victim and one of the store’s owners had escorted the man to his car in the parking lot and told him to leave. It was unclear why the man was kicked out and police haven’t said whether the victim was an employee of the store.

“Moments later, the victim was struck from behind by the suspect’s vehicle,” according to a Gaston Police statement. “The suspect fled the scene and was later captured in Cleveland County,” where he was charged with driving while impaired.

The victim was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Bland has a criminal record dating back to the 1980s, according to a search of court records conducted by the Observer. He has been previously convicted of DWI, assault and of being drunk and disruptive.

A message at Laura’s Video said the establishment is closed on Sundays.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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