This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on an “Officer Ambush” which took place on the Northside of Columbus, Ohio.
On November 22, 2017, at approximately 4:24am, Columbus Police Officers were dispatched to 2626 River Look Dr. on the report of a car-jacking. The female caller advised that her husband had just been robbed at gunpoint and the robbers took his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. Responding officers observed the reported stolen vehicle westbound on E. 17th Avenue. Officers followed the vehicle into the area of Hamilton Avenue before losing it. It was reported that the driver fled the vehicle, and officers were not able to locate him. Officers continued to circulate the area. At approximately 5:30am, officers made a traffic stop on a 2017 Kia Soul that was driving slowly around the area where the suspect was last seen. After making the traffic stop, the two females inside the vehicle were observed actively using their cell phones. It was verified that the passenger in the vehicle had an active warrant and officers escorted her from the vehicle she was in to the waiting cruiser. As an officer stood at the passenger side of the Kia Soul, an unknown person(s) emerged from between the houses and fired a handgun approximately 13 times in the direction of the officers. The Kia was struck four times. Officers were able to safely remove the driver from the Kia and escort her to safety.
The Fraternal Order of Police is partnering with Crime Stoppers and offering a $5,000 reward, good through January 19, 2018, for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 12 Noon. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.