We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police regarding multiple crimes that occurred in the off-campus area.
On 7/11/2021, between 12:19 a.m. and 3:25 a.m., four robberies similar in nature occurred in the off-campus area. The incidents occurred at:
- Between 11th Avenue and E. Chittenden Avenue, along an alley west of Summit Street
- 66 E. Patterson Avenue
- E. Lane Avenue and Indiana Avenue
- Indianola Avenue and E. Lane Avenue
Two of the victims were Ohio State students. Reports for each crime indicate that the victim was approached by two unknown male suspects who were both wearing dark face masks. The suspects both showed a handgun, demanded the victim’s property, then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.
Suspect details are limited. The Columbus Division of Police is also investigating similar crimes near the area, outside of the university district. The Columbus Division of Police has increased patrols in the area and The Ohio State University Police Division has increased patrols on campus along High Street. Anyone with information related to these crimes is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.
Crimes are never the fault of the victim. The Ohio State University Police Division encourages everyone to lock doors and windows. When possible, please walk with friends or coworkers and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior by calling police. Additional safety resources are available at: https://dps.osu.edu/resources
The Ohio State University Police Division carefully considers information contained in safety notices. All decisions are handled on a case-by-case basis with the safety of our campus community in mind. Law enforcement officers and dispatchers are trained to interview witnesses in an effort to obtain as much information as possible, such as build, hair style, hair color, facial hair, skin tone, eye color, tattoos or identifying marks, teeth, clothing, shoes, etc. OSUPD may limit the use of race, or other descriptors, unless accompanied by a detailed description of the suspect. In an effort to share information in a timely manner, details may be limited and are based on information known or reported at the time of issuance.