Springfield man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from shots fired incident

A Springfield man was arraigned Friday morning in the Clark County Municipal Court on charges stemming from a shots fired incident.

Robert Hollabaugh, 32, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felonious assault, having weapons while under disability, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, court records show. He was given a $40,000 bond and remains in the Clark County Jail.

Officers responded around 3:09 p.m. on April 9 to the area of Gateway Boulevard and South Charleston Pike in reference to a traffic accident, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

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“The traffic accident was believed to have been connected with a call that was received at 3:05 p.m. that involved a female stating that she was being shot at on East High Street while traveling eastbound towards the fairgrounds,” the affidavit says.

When police arrived, they found a man and woman laying next to a wrecked 2003 Hyundai Sonata that was in the grass near the intersection, the affidavit says. It appeared the driver failed to make a proper left turn, causing the car to strike a rock wall and become disabled. The driver’s side door also had what appeared to be a bullet hole.

The woman said her ex-boyfriend, identified as Hollabaugh, was “very upset” as they recently ended their relationship.

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“(The woman) stated that Hollabaugh pulled up beside her and (the man) and shot at them near the area of Glenn Avenue and Mound Street, and then (the man) took off eastbound on Mound Street, fleeing from Hollabaugh,” the affidavit says. “(The woman) stated that Hollabaugh kept shooting at her and (the man).”

The woman said they were traveling about 100 mph on South Charleston Pike when they went to turn left onto Gateway Boulevard to get away from Hollabaugh.

“(The woman) stated that’s when they wrecked the white Hyundai Sonata and that Hollabaugh came to the vehicle and carried her out of the door,” the affidavit says.

The woman said she is unsure how many times they were shot at during the incident. The two were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Springfield police requested a warrant on Hollabaugh on the five charges. He was not arrested until 10:50 a.m. Thursday, jail records show.

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