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Shelby man charged after assault at adult video store

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man who had been escorted out of an adult video and novelty store is in jail after authorities say he tried to run over a man with his truck.

Robert Keith Bland of Shelby was charged with attempted first-degree murder Saturday after police were called to Laura's Video and Etc. in Gaston County.

According to police, one of the store's owners and the victim escorted Bland to his truck.

The 50-year-old Bland is accused of then hitting Herbet Bartz from behind with his truck before speeding from the parking lot.

Police say Bland was caught in Cleveland County where he was charged for a DWI.

Bartz was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Bland was charged in Gaston County with attempted 1st degree murder and is in jail under a $750,000 bond.

Authorities did not know whether he yet has an attorney.

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