Student charged with assault in gas station attack

Alison Lucci

A Kent State student was charged with felonious assault for allegedly attacking a man on Nov. 25 in a gas station parking lot.

Martin J. Gorbey, 20, allegedly punched the victim in the head outside of the Sheetz at 1762 E. Main St. Police responded to an anonymous 911 call at 2:10 a.m., but Gorbey had already fled the scene.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said it is unclear exactly what started the dispute, but several people were involved. He said no one else involved has been charged and probably won’t be.

“There were a couple of minor incidents over some words exchanged inside of the store,” Doak said. “This is kind of a he-said, she-said thing.”

Doak said police obtained Gorbey’s address from the cab driver who brought him to Sheetz. Officers arrested Gorbey at his residence later that morning.

The university directory lists him as a pre-finance major. Gorbey, originally of Warren, has no previous record in Trumbull County or Portage County.

Gorbey was arraigned Monday at the Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna and a preliminary hearing is set for tomorrow morning.

– Alison Lucci