COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University is warning the community of a spate of robberies that took place in the early morning hours Sunday.
The four robberies were similar in nature, according to police, and occurred between 12:19 a.m. and 3:25 a.m.
According to Columbus Police, the robberies took place east of High Street at the following locations:
- 11th and E. Chittenden avenues
- 66 E. Patterson Ave.
- E. Lane and Indiana avenues
- Indianola and E. Lane avenues
During each of the robberies, police said two men in dark face masks showed a handgun, demanded the victim’s property, then fled. No injuries were reported and none of the victims were Ohio State University students.
“Four in one night is kind of surprising,” said resident Mike Beaver.
Residents of the area said they’ve heard of some crime in the area before and are a little concerned that so many robberies took place in such a short amount of time. Now, they’re being a bit more cautious.
“I was a little surprised,” OSU student Jack Mason said. “I mean, it happens a decent amount, but I was surprised about here just because we’ve been living here all year and it’s been like, nothing’s really happened here, just a bright busy corner.”
Beaver and Casey Baik live near where two of the robberies were reported. They were out Saturday night when the robberies happened, and are thankful to have made it home without incident.
“That’s like pure luck right there,” Baik said.
“It feels luck because, really, it could happen to anybody,” Beaver added.
CPD is also investigating similar crimes near the area that occurred outside of the university district.
“I know crime does happen every now and then over in this area, but this kind of seems a little bit kind of out hand, definitely more serious,” Baik said.
Baik and Beaver recently graduated from OSU and did not receive the safety notice issued by the university.
They plan on living in the neighborhood for another year and hope the crime does not continue.
“I hope this is just a one-time thing,” Baik said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.