Lake Geo robbery suspect enters plea dealPublished 11:31am Monday, July 18, 2011
An Austin man who reportedly robbed the Lake Geo Travel Plaza near Dexter on April 16 took a plea deal in Mower County District Court Friday morning.
Chad Bruce Sabanish, 37, pleaded guilty to simple robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Two charges of aggravated robbery and theft were dismissed. Sabanish is accused of stealing a black 2001 Chevy S10 blazer from Budget Oil the day before the Lake Geo robbery. The vehicle was running and the owner was pumping air into the rear right tire when it was stolen, according to a court complaint.
The vehicle was later spotted at Kwik Trip on Fourth Street SW around 1 a.m. on April 16, when Sabanish allegedly drove off without paying for gas. Austin police and Mower County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Lake Geo Travel Plaza for the robbery just hours after the gas drive-off, around 7 a.m.
Sabanish apparently entered the Travel Plaza wearing a black ski mask and passed the cashier a note telling her to hand over the money and everything would be OK.
She gave him $220 out of the cash register.
Sabanish then drove toward Dexter. An Austin officer spotted the SUV as he was responding to the robbery and followed it, which resulted in a chase exceeding speeds of 80 mph and involving five squad cars, until Sabanish went into the ditch near the T-intersection on County Road 16. He was not injured.
Sabanish is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Fred Wellmann on Aug. 19.