Gumby's Owner Says Attack Unprovoked

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COLUMBIA - The owner of Gumby's Pizza said the 20-year-old Gumby's employee robbed early Tuesday morning did not do anything to provoke the incident.

"From what I understand he had no reason to be chased down and assaulted," Noah Schmidt, the owner, said.

The Columbia Police Department said it arrested four suspects for third-degree assault following the incident.

The department said officers were dispatched to the parking lot at 1201 East Broadway around 12:30 a.m.

Police said the suspects followed the employee into the parking lot and assaulted him.

Police took Robert Coleman, Joshua Courtois, Zackary Jarvis and Jeffery Rousan into custody.