Capital University issues advisory after carjacking reported near school; suspect in custody


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BEXLEY, Ohio (WCMH) — One suspect is in custody after a carjacking caused Captial University to advise anyone on campus remain indoors as an armed suspect was headed toward the campus.

Rusten Martinez Johnson

Police have identified the suspect as Rusten Martinez Johnson, 31, of Columbus.

According to tweets from the university, it first issued the advisory at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, stating the suspect of an armed robbery was near the main campus area. It said it issued the advisory after an alert from Bexley Police.

The university’s communications department said the advisory was not a “lockdown,” but did advise everyone to stay in their offices or residences and to not approach anyone who looked suspicious on campus.

At 2:53 p.m., the university tweeted an “all-clear,” but cautioned people to remain on alert.

The university said the crime did not involve anyone or any event on campus.

According to Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler, a suspect from a carjacking in Columbus ditched the stolen vehicle in Bexley and attempted to rob another car in the area of College Avenue and East Main Street. Kessler’s statement said the suspect was armed and that he has fled the area.

According to Columbus Police, the incident began at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a vehicle overturned on Petzinger Road and U.S. 33 in Columbus. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

That person then carjacked another vehicle, kidnapping the people in that car, according to police. The suspect then got out of that vehicle near the Capital University campus and took off running.

Columbus Police said the suspect was taken into custody at approximately 4 p.m.

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