Safety Awareness Message

Safety Awareness Message (July 25, 2016)

On 7/24/16, Columbus Police responded to two armed robberies in the off-campus area. Reports indicate that at approximately 2 a.m., three females were approached by two black males at W. 8th Avenue and Neil Avenue. One suspect displayed a handgun before stealing money and fleeing the scene with his accomplice. Eighteen minutes later, at 2:18 a.m., reports indicate that a similar robbery occurred at Mt. Pleasant and E. 2nd Avenue. During the second incident, one of the two suspects pointed a gun at a female and threatened to shoot her prior to taking her wallet and cell phone. No injuries were reported. 

Both suspects are described as black males in their early 20’s, standing approximately 5’10” and wearing dark hooded sweatshirts pulled tight over their faces. Anyone with information related to these crimes is encouraged to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

Becoming the victim of a crime is no one’s fault. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program: