Neighborhood Safety Notice: September 22, 2021
We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police for a crime that occurred in the off-campus area.
On 09/21/2021, at approximately 11 p.m., an Ohio State student was walking off-campus near Indianola and Woodruff avenues when a vehicle approached. Multiple male suspects were in the vehicle and were yelling to try to get the student’s attention. From a distance, one suspect showed a gun from the backseat and demanded the victim’s belongings. However, the suspects fled before taking any property. No injuries were reported.
The vehicle is described as a white SUV (shown below). It was last seen heading southbound on Indianola Ave. Reports indicate that there may have been five total suspects inside. Additional details are limited. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.
Crimes are never the fault of a 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. Wellness resources are also available. Students in need of assistance are encouraged to use:
- Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)
- Student Wellness Center
- Buckeye Peer Access Line
- Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) at Ohio State
Students can access a variety of other resources according to interest and need. CCS also provides guidance for ways faculty and staff can support students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program or Your Plan For Health.
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.