A patron of a Gray Summit convenience store forced an assailant from the business after the suspect allegedly assaulted a woman in the parking lot.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, a 39-year-old Gray Summit man allegedly struck a woman in the face Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 9:15 p.m. outside the U-Gas store on Highway 100.

Children in the suspect’s vehicle were yelling for help when employees and patrons came to their aid.

The children and victim ran into the store where employees sheltered the woman from further attacks, authorities said.

The suspect attempted to assault employees and a patron before he was physically forced out of the store by the patron. During the altercation, the suspect sustained an ankle injury, according to the sheriff’s office.

Once deputies arrived on scene the male was detained. He was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment.

Assault charges are being sought through the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending a warrant.