COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police are looking for two men they said robbed and pistol-whipped another man Saturday afternoon, prompting an alert from Ohio State University.
According to police, the 25-year-old victim was walking in the alley in the rear of East Norwich Avenue when a silver mini-van approached him from behind at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Police said the passenger of the van got out and pulled a gun on the victim, forcing him into the van.
The suspect then allegedly whipped the victim with the gun and robbed him.
The victim was released near the intersection of East Long Street and Champion Avenue.
OSU sent out the neighborhood safety notice at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the above information, the notice stated the victim was not affiliated with the university.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said he was walking through the alley to get a drink. In addition to being robbed, he said he was pistolwhipped 10 times.
Students who live along Norwich Avenue just north of the OSU campus are now being a little more cautious as they walk around the area.
“It’s always crazy when you hear about stuff happening right next to you,” said Harrison Wright, an OSU student.
The alley where the incident happened is behind Wright’s home.
“You don’t really expect it,” he said. “This alley isn’t really any more or less safe than it was yesterday, but now that this has happened, it makes you think, like, ‘Oh, this could happen at any time.'”
When the victim was released blocks away from where he was taken, he said he went to a nearby fire station for help.
“It really brings to mind the fact that we don’t just live in this bubble,” Wright said. “We live in the city of Columbus and so these issues that a lot of citizens in Columbus deal with that we kind of try to protect ourselves from.”
Police said the suspect with the gun is a black man with dreadlocks who was wearing a ski mask. The driver is described as a black man with cream-colored dreadlocks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Division at 614-645-4665.