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Current Releases

Week of October 1st thru October 11th, 2014

 

NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at 614-645-4593


Public Information Office
October 11, 2014
MA# 52-2014


Armed Men Shot After Robbing Southside Business


Columbus Police are still investigating a shooting involving four robbery suspects on the city’s south side.

On October 11, 2014, at approximately 8:44 pm, Columbus S.W.A.T officers were working a robbery stakeout in the area of Alum Creek Drive and Thimbleberry Road when they observed two armed men run into the Dollar General store, located at 4050 Alum Creek Drive. Both men held employees and customers at gunpoint before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officers followed the men to the corner of Greenery Drive and Thimbleberry Road where the men attempted to flee in a car with two other accomplices. Two of the men were killed by police when officers converged on the car and attempted to take them into custody. The other two men were taken into custody with no injuries.

Initial media reports cited the men were outside of the vehicle when they were shot. Investigators are still piecing together information from interviews and evidence at the scene to determine if the suspects were in the vehicle or outside of the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Police have tentatively identified both men who were killed. Their names are being withheld pending family notification. Two handguns were recovered at the scene. Investigators continue to process evidence in the case and are awaiting a search warrant to process the suspects’ vehicle at a later time. The suspects taken into custody have been identified as twenty year old Aarin Clinkscale and seventeen year old Savon Dearmond. Clinkscale is charged with Robbery. Dearmond is charged with Robbery and two counts of Murder. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

The officers have been identified as:
• Officer John Holloway #1025. Officer Holloway is a twenty-three year veteran and is assigned to the S.W.A.T. Unit.
• Officer Anthony Rogers #1456. Officer Rogers is a twenty-four year veteran and is assigned to the Canine Unit.

This is the seventh Columbus police involved shooting of 2014.

As in all police involved shootings, the involved officer(s) will receive mandated psychological support counseling. Officers are also afforded an opportunity to take leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience. This incident will be investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team (made up of specially trained investigators from the Homicide Units). The final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-Of-Command for review.


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September 18, 2014


Ladies and Gentlemen:


On behalf of the Columbus Division of Police, I would like to invite members of your media group to participate in, “Media Training Day”, which will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
The training will give insight to the policies and procedures of the Columbus Division of Police. Training will

focus on multiple topics to include:
• Use of Force Continuum
• Striking demonstrations
• Taser demonstration
• Shoot / Don’t Shoot scenarios
• Police Involved Shootings
• Live fire scenario on the Columbus Police firing range (pending range availability)


The training is designed to assist reporters, editors and senior news officials in understanding the actions of police officers and help answer the question, “Why did they do that?” Training will be held at the Columbus Police Training Academy located at 1000 N. Hague Avenue. Training will begin promptly at 7:00 am and conclude by 4:00 pm.

Participants are encouraged to bring audio and video devices for documentation and story assistance. Support personnel are also invited to assist and participate in the training. The Columbus Division of Police reserves the right to prohibit the taping of some facets of the training in order to guard against the exploitation of tactics used by officers.

Please send me an E-mail with the name of your agency and the members of your group who would like to attend. Deadline to register is Friday, October 10, 2014. Attendees failing to register will not be permitted to attend the training. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at (614) 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 9, 2014
MA# 51-2014


Columbus Division of Police
Promotion Ceremony


The Columbus Division of Police is pleased to announce the promotion of four of its sworn personnel to the rank of Sergeant. The promotion ceremony will be held Friday, October 10, 2014, at 10:00 am in the James G. Jackson Columbus Police Academy, located at 1000 N. Hague Avenue.


Promoted to Sergeant


Sergeant Scott Evers is a six year veteran and joined the Division of Police in 2007
Sergeant Gregory Sanderson is a nine year veteran and joined the Division of Police in 2004.
Sergeant Eric Houser is a twelve year veteran and joined the Division of Police in 2002.
Sergeant Mark Denner is an eight year veteran and joined the Division of Police in 2005.


FOR SUBURBAN PAPERS


Lieutenant Evers’ zip code is 43062
Sergeant Sanderson’s zip code is 43221
Sergeant Houser’s zip code is 43123
Sergeant Denner’s zip code is 43016


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Felony Assault

Media Information Date: October 7, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. James Jude Phone: (614) - 645 - Ext: 4503
Type of Offense/Incident: 140864653 - Felony Assault Date: October 6, 2014 Time: 9:43pm
Location of Offense/Incident: 1450 West Rich St Apt #20 Zone: 3 Precinct: 8
NetRMS Report #: 140864653 Cruiser District: 83

Victim: Jeffrey Yingst Sex: M Race: W Age: 53

Suspect: Unknown Address:
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Suspect: Unknown Address:
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: F Race: B Age:

Incident Summary: On October 6, 2014, at 9:43 pm Patrol officers responded to 1450 West Rich Street Apt # 20 on a fight call. Upon arrival, officers found Mr. Yingst had lost his left ear, which had been bitten off during a physical fight by a male, only known to the victim as "Geno", and an unknown female. Mr. Yingst was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call the Columbus Police Assault Unit at 645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at (614) 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 3, 2014
MA# 50-2014


Police Involved Shooting
***UPDATE***
Reference MA# 42-2013


The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on August 7, 2013, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Sergeant Doug Williams #5154 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.


Armed Robber Shot by Police


The police involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 1500 Morse Road, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.

The sergeant involved in the shooting has been identified as:

• Sergeant Doug Williams #5154. Sergeant Williams is a 35 year veteran and is assigned to the Strategic Response Bureau.

The suspect has been released from the hospital and has been positively identified. He has been charged with Aggravated Robbery. His identity is being withheld pending further investigation into similar robberies in the area. Investigators are asking media outlets to not publish the suspect’s identity or photo until victims of the related robberies have the opportunity to view photo arrays. His identity and photo will be released at a later time.


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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at (614) 645-4593

Public Information Office
October 3, 2014
MA# 49-2014

Police Involved Shooting
***UPDATE***
Reference MA# 29-2013

The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on June 6, 2013, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Officer Samuel Rippey #2393 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.

Armed Robber Shot by Police


Columbus Police are still investigating a shooting involving an officer and an armed robbery suspect on the city’s north side.

On June, 6, 2013, at approximately 9:34 pm, Officer Samuel Rippey #2393 was on patrol in the area of 1237 Morse Road when he heard a gunshot. He began searching the area and observed an individual, later identified as Santel A. Hughes, run from the Dollar General store wearing a mask and carrying a shotgun. Officer Rippey briefly chased the suspect to the rear of the store where he shot the suspect multiple times.

Santel A. Hughes was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. Officer Rippey was not injured. A shotgun was recovered from the scene.

Arriving officers later determined that Santel Hughes went into the Dollar General store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint after putting the gun to her head and demanding money. He was confronted by Officer Rippey as he fled from the store. The clerk was not injured.

Santel A. Hughes is charged with one count of Kidnapping and one count of Aggravated Robbery, both felonies of the first degree. The investigation is still underway and additional charges are pending. Investigators request the suspect’s picture not be shown at this time as they are investigating other robberies in the area. His picture will be released as soon as investigators determine whether he is a suspect in those robberies.


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Fatal Traffic Crash

Media Information Date: 10/2/14
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective Cornute #1810 Phone: (614) - 645 - 4767 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash Date: 10/2/14 Time: 19:38 hours
Location of Offense/Incident: Sullivant Ave & Wilson Rd Zone: 3 Precinct: 19
NetRMS Report #:140851999 Cruiser District: 194

Decedent:
Name: Mark D. Coldren Sex: M Age: 54
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Halima Ali Waeis Sex: F Age: 35

Incident Summary: On 10/2/14, Mark D. Coldren, 54, of S. Charleston, Ohio was operating a 1993 Harley Davidson, westbound on Sullivant Ave. at Wilson Rd. Halima Ali Waeis, 35, of Columbus, Ohio was operating a 2009 Toyota Sienna, eastbound on Sullivant Ave. turning to northbound Wilson Ave. A collision occurred Mr. Coldren was seriously injured from the crash. Columbus Fire #12 transported Mr. Coldren to Mt. Carmel West Hospital where Dr. Nicholas McKenzie pronounced him dead at 20:11 hours. Miss Waies was not injured. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. This is the 41st traffic fatality of 2014.

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JOIN THE BEST
Columbus Division of Police EXPLORER YOUTH PROGRAM


OPEN HOUSE


MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2014 6:00 PM


1000 N. HAGUE AVE.
James G. Jackson Training Academy


For Young Adults 14 – 20 Years of Age

PROGRAM PURPOSE


To give young adults who have an interest in Law Enforcement as a career an ability to receive Training in Policing techniques and other unique opportunities from the Columbus Division of Police.
If interested or for more information feel free to contact:
Officer Jason T. Jackson #619 ( Senior Advisor) jtjackson@columbuspolice.org
Officer Eric J. Westbrook # 2532 ( Senior Advisor)
ewestbrook@columbuspolice.org


JOIN THE BEST
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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at (614) 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 2, 2014
MA# 48-2014


Police Involved Shooting
***UPDATE***
Reference MA# 18-2013


The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on April 21, 2013, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Officer Danny Dupler #1647 and Officer Jeffrey Kasza #1921 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.

 

Armed Suspect Shot by Officers


Columbus Police are investigating an early evening shooting involving officers and an armed suspect on the city’s near east side.

On April 21, 2013, at approximately 8:02 pm, officers were dispatched to 1542 Oakwood Avenue on the report of a suspicious person. While in route the officers were advised that a man was at the scene with a gun.

Upon arrival, officers confronted three individuals in front of the house who informed them a man inside the residence pulled a gun on them. The officers approached the house looking for a gunman when they observed a man holding a shotgun. Witnesses heard the officers yell numerous times for the suspect to drop the gun before officers fired at the man.

The suspect was hit multiple times and was transported to Grant Medical Center in stable condition. Neither officer was injured. Numerous weapons were recovered at the scene. The suspect was positively identified but his name is being withheld pending the filing of criminal charges. Alcohol and drugs appear to be a factor in the shooting.


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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner at (614) 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 2, 2014
MA# 47-2014


Police Involved Shooting
***UPDATE***
Reference MA# 41-2012


The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on July 7, 2012, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Officer Jesse Perkins #1108 and Officer Ryan Steele #2402 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.


Suspect Shot While Attempting to Strike Officer with Car


A local man was shot early Saturday morning by Columbus Police as he attempted to strike an officer with his vehicle. The suspect, identified as Douglas R. Wiegand, was taken to The Ohio State University Medical Center in serious condition for a gunshot wound.

On July 7, 2012, at approximately 12:00am, a Columbus Police officer confronted Douglas Wiegand in a parking lot near N. Front Street and Vine Street for allegedly urinating in public. Mr. Wiegand, appearing to be intoxicated, was observed getting into a car and quickly backed up towards the officer as the officer attempted to stop him. The officer aired the vehicle and suspect description as it was last seen traveling westbound on Vine Street.

Two officers working in the area were stopped near Spruce Street and Kilbourne Street when they observed the suspect vehicle pull up behind their unit. The officers stepped from their car and attempted to take Mr. Wiegand into custody when he quickly accelerated and drove at one of the officers. Both officers fired their weapons. Mr. Wiegand continued to flee and was ultimately taken into custody near Neil Avenue and Spruce Street where arresting officers observed him to be suffering from a single gunshot wound.

It was discovered that a bystander near the original shooting scene was also struck by gunfire. The bystander, a 29 year old female, was transported to The Ohio State University Medical Center in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable condition. Her identity is being withheld pending family notification. Douglas Wiegand is charged with one count of Felonious Assault, a felony of the first degree. Additional charges are pending further investigation.


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Serious Injury Traffic Crash

Media Information Date: 10/2/14
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective S. Karnes Phone: (614) - 645 - 4767 Ext: 61617
Type of Offense/Incident: Serious Injury Traffic Crash Date: 10/2/14 Time: 3:43am
Location of Offense/Incident: E. Broad St & I-270 Zone: 2 Precinct: 14
Incident #: 140849779 Cruiser District: 144

Injured:
Name: Ronald Willis Sex: M Age: 54
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Unknown Sex: ? Age: ?

Incident Summary:
On October 2, 2014 at approximately 3:43am, John Doe was walking eastbound on E. Broad St just east of I-270. Mr. Doe was walking along the southern berm of the roadway when an unknown vehicle coming from the I-270 northbound to E. Broad St eastbound ramp apparently lost control and traveled off the northern portion of the ramp onto the grass gore. The vehicle traveled across the grass and then back onto the roadway where it struck Mr. Doe. The vehicle fled the scene. Mr. Doe was transported in critical condition to Grant Medical Center where he remains hospitalized.

Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle is asked to call Columbus Police, Accident Investigation Unit at 645-4767


******UPDATE******


The pedestrian has now been identified as Mr. Ronald Willis (54) of E. 5th Ave. in Columbus. As of 10:00 AM he is still in life threatening condition at Grant Medical Center.

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HOMICIDE

Media Information Date: 10/2/2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / HOMICIDE Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Andrew Mitchell#1212 Phone: (614) - 645 - 4730 Ext: 4488
Type of Offense/Incident: HOMICIDE Date: 10-1-2014 Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: 2255 E. Dublin Granville Rd. Zone: 1 Precinct: 18 pct
NetRMS Report #: 140849105 Cruiser District: 184

Victim: Roger Weatherspoon Jr. Sex: M Race: B Age: 22

Suspect: Unknown
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Suspect: Unknown
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Incident Summary: #140849105. On Oct. 1, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. Patrol officers were dispatched to 2255 E. Dublin Granville Rd. on a shooting. Upon arrival officers located the victim, Roger Weatherspoon Jr. M/B/22. Victim was pronounced dead shortly after arrival by CFD medics. Investigation indicates that the victim was shot inside of a vehicle during a drug deal and drove a short distance before crashing. The investigation further indicates that two M/B suspects fled the scene just after the shooting . Investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide at 645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 645-TIPS. Detective Mitchell is the lead. He is being assisted by Detectives Glasure and Sheppard. This is the 71 homicide of 2014 in Columbus OH.

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Felonious Assault - Shooting

Media Information Date: 10/02/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Russ Henslee #2131 Phone: (614) - 645 - Ext: 4291
Type of Offense/Incident: Felonious Assault -Shooting Date: 10/01/2014 Time: 9:41 p.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: Brookside Manor Apartments Zone: 2 Precinct: 20
NetRMS Report #: 140849141 Cruiser District: 201

Victim: Fitzgerald Hayles Sex: M Race: B Age: 25

Suspect: Unknown Address:
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Incident Summary: On Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 9:41 p.m., Columbus Police Officers responded to Mt. Carmel East Hospital on the report of a man with a gunshot wound. Officers arrived at the hospital and were notified that the victim, Fitzgerald Hayles, was shot once in his left arm. Mr. Hayles stated he was entering his vehicle at Brookshire Manor apartment complex when an unknown male black approached him and shot him once in the arm as he attempted to drive off. Mr. Hayles transported himself to the hospital. Mr. Hayles was listed in stable condition. The suspect fled the scene with no direction of travel known. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Columbus Police Assault Unit at 645-4141 or central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS. The investigation continues.


Week of October 12th thru October 18th, 2014

Fatal Traffic Crash

Media Information Date: 10-17-2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberly Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective Bailey Phone: (614) - 645 - 4767 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash Date: 10-17-14 Time: 7:08pm
Location of Offense/Incident: Indianola Ave at Northridge Rd Zone: 4 Precinct: 3
Report #: 140899116 Cruiser District: 31

Decedent:
Name: D’Juan J McCreary Sex: M Age: 26
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Kwadwo Adje Oppong Sex: M Age: 58

Incident Summary: On 10-17-2014 at 7:08pm, D’Juan McCreary was riding a bicycle southbound in the right southbound lane of Indianola Ave. between Blenheim Rd. and Northridge Rd. At the same time a COTA bus was stopped in the right southbound lane of Indianola Ave. The COTA bus was at a marked COTA bus stop just north of Northridge Rd. For reasons still under investigation Mr. McCreary failed to stop behind the COTA bus causing him and the bicycle to strike the rear of the COTA bus. Mr. McCreary was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in life threatening condition but later died from his injuries at 8:35pm.

This is the City’s 45th traffic related fatality.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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Felonious Assault

Media Information Date: 10/16/2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / ASSAULT Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: MATTHEW SMITH Phone: (614) - 645 - 4624 Ext: 4218
Type of Offense/Incident: FELONIOUS ASSAULT Date: 10/16/2014 Time: 2:30 A.M.
Location of Offense/Incident: 1420 E. FIFTH AVE Zone: 4 Precinct: 5
NetRMS Report #: 140893139 Cruiser District: 51

Victim: CORDELL WASHINGTON Sex: M Race: B Age: 27
Victim: MARK TYSHAWN-DOMINIQUE HARDY Sex: M Race: B Age: 23
Victim: JAMES WILLIAM HARDY Sex: M Race: B Age: 24

Incident Summary: THREE VICTIMS WERE SHOT OUTSIDE LOUNGE 83 LOCATED AT 1420 E. FIFTH AVENUE. ALL THREE VICTIMS WERE TRANSPORTED TO AREA HOSPITALS IN STABLE CONDITION AND WERE TREATED FOR THEIR INJURIES. DETECTIVES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SHOOTING, PLEASE CONTACT DETECTIVE MATTHEW SMITH, #2036, OF THE ASSAULT UNIT

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Stabbing

Media Information Date: October 16, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Vanvorhis Phone: (614) - 645 - 4141 Ext: 0100
Type of Offense/Incident: Stabbing Date: 10/16/2014 Time: 1:28 A.M
Location of Offense/Incident: 5213 Bethel Center Mall Zone: 1 Precinct: 17
NetRMS Report #: 140893051 Cruiser District: 174

Victim: John Schachmer Sex: M Race: W Age: 32

Suspect: Matthew R. Herb Address: 1765 Scottsdale Avenue
X Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: W Age: 34
Charges: Felonious Assault F-2

Incident Summary: On October 16, 2014 at approximately 1:28 a.m., patrol officers responded to a stabbing at 5213 Bethel Center at the Grumpy Troll Bar. Patrol officers arrived and found bystanders detaining Mr. Matthew Herb. The Assault Unit responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses who stated Mr. Herb attacked Mr. John Schachmer stabbing him multiple times. Mr. Schachmer was rushed to Riverside Hopsital in serious conditon. Mr. Herb was arrested on one count of Felonious Assault.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encourge to call Columbus Police Assault Unit at 645-4141 or Crime Stopper 645-TIPS.

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HOMICIDE

Media Information Date: October 16, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Homicide Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective R. Wachalec Phone: (614) 645- 4730
Type of Offense/Incident: HOMICIDE Date: October 16, 2014 Time: 12:02 a.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: 1029 South Champion Avenue Zone: 5 Precinct: 11
PremierOne Report: #140892928 Cruiser District: 111
Victim: Rondell R. Brinkley Sex: M Race: B Age: 24
Victim: Sex: Race: Age:
Victim: Sex: Race: Age:
Suspect: Sex: Race: Age:
Charges: Arrested Warrant on File
Suspect: Sex: Race: Age:
Charges: Arrested Warrant on File
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, at approximately 12:02 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a shooting in front of 1029 South Champion Avenue. Responding officers located the victim, Mr. Rondell R. Brinkley, on the sidewalk in front of the residence. Mr. Brinkley sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was transported by CFD Medic 2 to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at 12:34 a.m. At this time, there is no known suspect(s) or motive.
This is the 72nd homicide of 2014.
Any persons with information are asked to contact CPD Homicide 645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 645-TIPS.
Detective Robert Wachalec is the primary detective assisted by Detective Jennifer Gribi.

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Fatal Crash

Media Information Date: October 15, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective Sgt. Brooke Wilson #5120 Phone: (614) - 645 - 4532
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Crash Date: October 5, 2014 Time: 2:11 PM
Location of Incident: E. Livingston Av. / S. Remington Rd. Zone: 2 Precinct: 9
Report Number: 140860535 Cruiser District: 92

Decedent:
Name: Margaret Spangler Sex: F Age: 93
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Ronald Pierce Sex: M Age: 50

On October 5, 2014 at approximately 2:11 PM, Deputy Ronald Pierce of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was operating a marked patrol cruiser #41 (a 2014 Ford Explorer) westbound on E. Livingston Ave. east of S. Remington Rd. Deputy Pierce was not assigned to a run and was not operating under emergency conditions. At this time, Ms. Margaret Spangler (of Briers Dr.) was eastbound on E. Livingston Ave. driving a 2002 Toyota Camry and was turning left to drive northbound on S. Remington Rd. The vehicles collided within the intersection. Fire/EMS personnel responded and transported both drivers (who had been alone in their respective vehicles) to Grant Medical Center. Deputy Pierce was treated and released. Ms. Spangler was admitted in stable condition.

The reporting officer cited Ms. Spangler for Failure to Yield on a Left Turn.

On October 13, 2014, Ms. Spangler succumbed to her injuries and died at Grant.

The Columbus Police Accident Investigation Unit has initiated an investigation into this crash.

Ms. Spangler’s citation is being dismissed. This dismissal is administrative to clear it form the court docket and should not be interpreted as a result of any new finding of fault/no fault. The investigation is ongoing.

This is the 44 traffic fatality in Columbus this year.

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Shooting

Media Information Date: October 15, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Zimmer Phone: (614) - 645 - Ext: 4192
Type of Offense/Incident: Shooting Date: October 15, 2014 Time: 1:14 AM
Location of Offense/Incident: Sullivant Avenue @ Hawkes Avene Zone: 3 Precinct: 8
NetRMS Report #: 140889955 Cruiser District: 81

Victim: Javan Perry Sex: Male Race: Black Age: 42

Incident Summary: On October 15, 2014, at approximately 1:14 A.M Mr. Javon Perry was walking down the back alley at Sullivant Avenue and Hawkes Avenue when an unknown male walked past and shot him. The victim was transported to a local hospital in conscious and stable condition by CFD Medic 10.
Assault Detectives responded to the scene. At this time, no suspects or motive is known in this assault. Anyone with information on this assault is encouraged to call the Assault Unit at 645-4141 or Crimestoppers.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner 614 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 14, 2014
MA# 54-2014


***IMMEDIATE ATTENTION***
UPDATE
Police Involved Shooting
Greenery Drive and Thimbleberry Road


The police involved shooting that occurred on Friday, October 10, 2014, at Greenery Drive and Thimbleberry Road, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.

Media outlets continue to show photos of some of the suspects involved in this investigation. Investigators still need to show photo arrays to other robbery victims. In the interest of justice for the victims and the suspects, DO NOT SHOW PICTURES OF ANY OF THE FOUR SUSPECTS until further notice. Two of the suspects should be arraigned today. It is important not to show their faces if video is obtained during the arraignment.
Your cooperation is appreciated.


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Fatal Traffic Crash - Update

Media Information Date: 10/14/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective S. Karnes Phone: (614) - 645 - 4767 Ext: 61617
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash (UPDATE) Date: 10/2/14 Time: 3:43am
Location of Offense/Incident: E. Broad St & I-270 Zone: 2 Precinct: 14
Incident #: 140849779 Cruiser District: 144
Injured:
Name: Ronald Willis Sex: M Age: 54
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Unknown Sex: ? Age: ?

Incident Summary:
On October 2, 2014 at approximately 3:43am, Ronald Willis (54) of E. 5th Ave in Columbus was walking eastbound on E. Broad St just east of I-270. Mr. Willis was walking along the southern berm of the roadway when an unknown vehicle coming from the I-270 northbound to E. Broad St eastbound ramp apparently lost control and traveled off the northern portion of the ramp onto the grass gore. The vehicle traveled across the grass and then back onto the roadway where it struck Mr. Willis. The vehicle fled the scene. Mr. Willis was transported in critical condition to Grant Medical Center where he was hospitalized.


******UPDATE******


On October 13, 2014 at 8:22pm, Mr. Ronald Willis succumbed to his injuries and died at Grant Medical Center. Anyone with information about the crash incident that occurred on October 2nd is asked to call the Columbus Police Accident Investigation Unit at 645-4767

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Serious Injury Crash

Media Information Date: 10/13/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Detective Connie Brant #2185 Phone: (614) - 645 - 4767
Type of Offense/Incident: Serious Injury Crash Date: 10/12/2014 Time: 9:50 PM
Location of Incident: Westerville Rd. / Parklane Ave. Zone: 1 Precinct: 6

Report Number: 140883297 Cruiser District: 62
Injured Party:
Name: Sierra Nicole Blakey Sex: F Age: 29
Other Involved Parties:
Name: Holly Diane Slane Sex: F Age: 20

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 9:50 PM, Ms. Sierra Blakey (of Joyce Rd.) was on foot crossing Westerville Rd. at Parklane Ave. At this time, Ms. Holly Slane (of McGuffy Rd.) was driving a 2005 Ford Focus northbound on Westerville Rd., south of Parklane Ave. Ms. Slane’s car struck Ms. Blakey.

Ms. Blakey was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she has since been admitted.

The Accident Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation that is still ongoing.
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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant Rich Weiner 614 645-4593


Public Information Office
October 12, 2014
MA# 53-2014


***UPDATE***
Police Involved Shooting
Greenery Drive and Thimbleberry Road


The police involved shooting that occurred on Friday, October 10, 2014, at Greenery Drive and Thimbleberry Road, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.



The suspects who were shot by police have been identified as:
• Twenty year old Elisha Glass
• Eighteen year old Qusean Whitten


Detectives are continuing to investigate a string of robberies possibly involving all four suspects. Please do not show photos of any of the named suspects as photo arrays still need to be shown to other robbery victims.

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Week of October 19th thru October 25th, 2014

HOMICIDE

Media Information Date: October 25, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / Homicide Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Robert Connor Jr. Phone: (614) - 645 - 4730 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: HOMICIDE Date: 10/25/2014 Time: 8:07am
Location of Offense/Incident: F/O 2469 Mallard's Landing Dr. Zone: 1 Precinct: 18th
NetRMS Report #: 140922570 Cruiser District: 184

Victim: Sex: M Race: B

Incident Summary: On Saturday, October 25, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., uniformed patrol officers were disptached to the area of 2469 Mallard's Landing Drive on a call concerning a body lying in the grass. Upon arriving at the scene officers found a male black with an apparent gunshot wound. Columbus Division of Fire medic personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the male black dead. Homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate the shooting. The victim's identity will not be released until family members have been notified.

Anyone having information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 614-645-TIPS (8477).

This is the 74th Homicide of the year 2014.

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Felony Assault

Media Information Date:
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Matt Smith #2036 Phone: (614) - 645 - 4141 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Felony Assault Date: 10/25/2014 Time: 2:19am
Location of Offense/Incident: 2440 S. High St. Zone: 2 Precinct: 13
NetRMS Report #: 140922168 Cruiser District: 133

Victim: Lionel A. White Sex: male Race: black Age: 33

Suspect: Michael A. Barnes
X Arrested Warrant on File Sex: male Race: black Age: 30
Charges: Felonious Assault

Incident Summary: During an altercation outside Doug’s Bar, located at 2440 S. High St. the suspect produced a handgun and began firing multiple shots, striking the victim in the left ankle. The victim was transported by medic to the hospital in stable condition. The suspect was apprehended a short distance from the incident location.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Denise Alex-Bouzounis 614-645-4593


Public Information Office
October 23, 2014
MA# 57-2014


Police Involved Shooting
***Update***
Reference MA# 53-2013


The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on October 25, 2013, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Sergeant Jeffrey Baker #5228 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.

The Police Involved shooting which occurred on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 6483 Ponset St., remains under investigation by the Columbus Division of Police Critical Incident Response Team.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as:

• Sergeant Jeffrey Baker #5228. Sergeant Baker is an 11 year veteran and is assigned to Patrol.

It is the policy of the Division of Police not to release photos of our officers.


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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Denise Alex-Bouzounis 614-645-4593


Public Information Office
October 23, 2014
MA# 56-2014


Police Involved Shooting
***UPDATE***
Reference MA# 60-2013


The investigation into the police involved shooting that occurred on November 13, 2013, has been completed by the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The actions of Officer Bobby Schoolcraft #2623 are found to be within the Columbus Division of Police Use of Firearms Policy.

The police involved shooting that occurred onWednesday, November 13, 2013, at 1313 St. James Lutheran Lane, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as:

• Officer Bobby Schoolcraft #2623. Officer Schoolcraft has been employed with the Division for 3 years and is assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

It is the policy of the Division of Police not to release photos of our officers.


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Aggravated Robbery

Media Information Date: October 23, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / Robbery Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Robbery Unit Phone: (614) - 645 - 4665 Ext: 3911
Type of Offense/Incident: Aggravated Robbery Date: 10/22/14 Time: 12:57AM
Location of Offense/Incident: 2775 Brice Rd. Zone: 2 Precinct: 20
NetRMS Report #: 140912216 Cruiser District: 202

Victim: Speedway

Suspect: Unknown
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Incident Summary: On October 22, 2014 at approximately 12:57AM, a male black suspect entered the Speedway at 2775 Brice Rd. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied and the suspect fled with the money. The suspect was described as: M/B, 19-23 years old, 6'1", 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue vest over a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray camo pants. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Columbus Police Robbery Unit at 645-4665. ( Please blur the photo of the employee before airing the photos.)

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Felonious Assault - Shooting

Media Information Date: 10/22/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Matthew Grasham #1661 Phone: (614) - 645 - Ext: 4141
Type of Offense/Incident: Felonious Assault - Shooting Date: 10/22/2014 Time: 7:45 p.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: E. Woodrow Ave. & S. Washington Ave.Zone: 2 Precinct: 13
NetRMS Report #: 140914593 Cruiser District: 130

Victim: Juvenile Sex: M Race: B Age: 16

Incident Summary: On October 22, 2014, at approximately 7:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of E. Woodrow Ave. & S. Washington Ave. on report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the sixteen year old victim who had been shot a single time in the abdomen. The victim stated he was in the area when he was shot by an unknown individual. The victim was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital and listed in stable condition. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Columbus Police Assault Unit Detective Matthew Grasham 654-2677 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 654-TIPS.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Denise Alex-Bouzounis 774-7828


October 22, 2014


Columbus Division of Police Receives Traffic Safety Grant


Federal Funds from The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. Help Save Lives in Columbus

The Columbus Division of Police today announced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded $320,000 in federal traffic safety funding to the Columbus Division of Police.

With some of the grant funding Columbus Police will invest in the Move Over Campaign targeting safety on the roadway for tow truck operators.

Today at 1pm the brother of 55-year-old Jack Carpenter, a tow truck operator who was killed September 22nd while doing the job he loved will speak about losing his brother to an impaired motorist.

Carpenter’s employer A&A Towing will also discuss many close calls drivers including the owner have had on the road while trying to help motorists.

The Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio will also be on hand to discuss the importance of moving over.

We look forward to sharing this important safety message with you today at 1pm at the Police Academy at 1000 N. Hague Avenue. We will have the BAC truck on hand for you to check out as well.


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Week of October 26th thru October 31st, 2014

Felonious Assault - Shooting

Media Information Date: 10/29/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Assault Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. R. Henslee #2131 Phone: (614) - 645 - Ext: 4291
Type of Offense/Incident: Felonious Assault - Shooting Date: 10/28/2014 Time: 9:35 p.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: S. 22nd St. & E. Whittier St. Zone: 5 Precinct: 11
NetRMS Report #: 140934522 Cruiser District: 114

Victim: Devon Peck Sex: M Race: B Age: 21

Suspect: Address:
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: M Race: B Age:

Incident Summary: On October 28, 2014 at approximately 9:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to OSU East Hospital on report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim, Devon Peck, who had been shot twice in the hip and midsection area and was listed in stable condition. Mr. Peck told officers he was in the area of S. 22nd St. & E. Whittier St. walking to his car when he was approached by an unknown male black dressed in black. The unknown male produced a gun and fired two gunshots at Mr. Peck striking him. The unknown male fled the area on foot. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Columbus Police Detective Russ Henslee at 654-4291 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS. The investigation continues.

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Fatal Traffic Crash

Media Information Date: 10/27/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Shane Karnes #2005 Phone: (614) - 645 - 0164 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash Date: 10/27/2014 Time: 2:24 AM
Location of Offense/Incident: IR 670 E & Grandview Ave. Zone: 3 Precinct: 8
NetRMS Report #: 140928526 Cruiser District: 84

Victim: David E. Hertz Sex: Male Race: White Age: 37

Suspect: Juan Jose Ruiz Address: 4476 San Jose Lane Whitehall, OH
X Arrested Warrant on File Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 21
Charges: Fail to Stop After Accident ORC 4549.02(B)

Incident Summary: On 10/27/14 at approximately 2:24 AM, Juan Jose Ruiz was driving his 2007 Dodge Charger eastbound on IR 670, west of Grandview Ave. when he struck the rear of a 1997 Toyota Camry. Mr. Ruiz then left the scene of the crash. The driver of the Camry was pronounced dead at 2:35 AM by CFD Medic 15. Mr. Ruiz was later located and charged with Fail to Stop After an Accident.

If anyone has any information regarding this crash, please contact the Accident Investigation Unit.

This was the city's 46th traffic related fatality this year.

UPDATE - The decedent has been identified as Mr. David E. Hertz of King Ave.

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NEWS RELEASE
DIVISION OF POLICE • COLUMBUS, OHIO
KIMBERLEY K. JACOBS • CHIEF OF POLICE


For Immediate Release:

For further information, Contact:
Sergeant David D. Pelphrey at (614) 374-7941


Public Information Office
October 28, 2013
MA# 58-2014


“Trick or Treat” times, dates and Halloween safety tips


Trick or treat for Columbus and most surrounding areas is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Columbus Division of Police will provide a watchful eye but encourage everyone to exercise caution.


Here are a few Halloween safety tips to follow:

• Adults should accompany young children and older kids should travel in groups.
• Children should wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping. Adding reflective tape to costumes and outer garments will increase visibility.
• Carry and use flashlights or glow sticks after dark.
• Visit homes you know and stay within your neighborhood. Together with your child, map out a safe route so you know where they will be. Remind them not to take short cuts through backyards, alleys or fields.
• Remind children never to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
• Encourage neighborhood block watches and citizens’ groups to patrol the neighborhood.
• Drive slowly and schedule trips so as to avoid the times of heavy pedestrian traffic.
• Discourage children from eating their treats until they get home.
• Closely check all treats at home is a well-lit place. Remove all opened candies or treats not in their original wrappers. Inspect all fruit and homemade goodies.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police immediately.


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Felonious Assault

Media Information Date: October 28, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Homicide Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. D. Dennison #1610 Phone: (614) 645- 4730
Type of Offense/Incident: Felonious Assault Date: October 28, 2014 Time: 1:36 a.m.
Location of Offense/Incident: 1194 West Town Street Zone: 3 Precinct: 8
PremierOne Report: #140931744 Cruiser District: 83

Victim: Helen A. Shreve Sex: F Race: W Age: 28

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at approximately 1:36 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to West Town Street and South Yale Avenue, on the report of an unresponsive female lying in the street. Responding officers located the victim, Ms. Helen A. Shreve, in front of 1194 West Town Street. Ms. Shreve was transported by CFD Medic 10 to a local hospital, where it was discovered she had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body. Ms. Shreve is currently listed in critical/life threatening condition. There is no known motive or suspect(s) at this time.

Any persons with information are asked to contact CPD Homicide 645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 645-TIPS.

Detective David Dennison is the primary detective assisted by Detective Gregory Stevens.

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Robbery - Strong Armed

Media Information Date: 10/27/14
Columbus Division of Police
Crimes Against Persons Bureau / Robbery Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. P. Thomas Phone: (614) - 645 - 4665 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Robbery-Strong Armed Date: 10/19/14 Time: 3:57PM
Location of Offense/Incident: 3480 Gender Road Zone: 2 Precinct: 20
NetRMS Report #: 140904943 Cruiser District: 203

Victim: Sex: Female Race: Black Age: 37

Suspect: Unknown
Arrested Warrant on File Sex: Female Race: Black Age: 17-20

Incident Summary: On the above listed date and time the victim was at the gas pumps, filling her car, when the suspect suddenly approached and began panhandling her. The victim declined and the suspect accosted her. A struggle ensued and the suspect wrenched property from the victims control. The suspect fled on foot with the victims property. The female suspect wore a red baseball cap, blue t-shirt and grey shorts. Surveillance video is available at the Info Desk of Columbus Police Headquarters. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Unit at 645-4665, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 614-462-TIPS(8477).

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Fatal Traffic Crash

Media Information Date: 10/27/2014
Columbus Division of Police
Traffic Bureau / Accident Investigation Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Det. Shane Karnes #2005 Phone: (614) - 645 - 0164 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash Date: 10/27/2014 Time: 2:24 AM
Location of Offense/Incident: IR 670 E & Grandview Ave. Zone: 3 Precinct: 8
NetRMS Report #: 140928526 Cruiser District: 84

Victim: John Doe Sex: Male Race: White Age: 37

Suspect: Juan Jose Ruiz Address: 4476 San Jose Lane Whitehall, OH
X Arrested Warrant on File Sex: Male Race: Hispanic Age: 21
Charges: Fail to Stop After Accident ORC 4549.02(B)

Incident Summary: On 10/27/14 at approximately 2:24 AM, Juan Jose Ruiz was driving his 2007 Dodge Charger eastbound on IR 670, west of Grandview Ave. when he struck the rear of a 1997 Toyota Camry. Mr. Ruiz then left the scene of the crash. The driver of the Camry was pronounced dead at 2:35 AM by CFD Medic 15. Mr. Ruiz was later located and charged with Fail to Stop After an Accident.

If anyone has any information regarding this crash, please contact the Accident Investigation Unit.

This was the city's 46th traffic related fatality this year. The victim's name is being withheld until next-of-kin can be notified.

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HOMICIDE

Media Information Date: October 26, 2014
Columbus Division of Police
CAP Bureau / Homicide Unit
Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police
For further information, contact: Robert Connor Jr. Phone: (614) - 645 - 4730 Ext:
Type of Offense/Incident: HOMICIDE Date: 10/25/2014 Time: 8:07am
Location of Offense/Incident: F/O 2469 Mallard's Landing Dr. Zone: 1 Precinct: 18th
NetRMS Report #: 140922570 Cruiser District: 184

Victim: Alonzo Richards Sex: M Race: B Age: 26

Incident Summary: On Saturday, October 25, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., uniformed patrol officers were disptached to the area of 2469 Mallard's Landing Drive on a call concerning a body lying in the grass. Upon arriving at the scene officers found a male black with an apparent gunshot wound. Columbus Division of Fire medic personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the male black dead. Homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate the shooting.

Anyone having information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Crimestoppers at 614-645-TIPS (8477).

This is the 74th Homicide of the year 2014.


****UPDATE****


The victim has been fully identified as Alonzo Richards.