This week’s “Crime of the Week” marks the one-year anniversary of a Homicide that occurred on the West side of Columbus. On Saturday, November 27, 2010, at approximately 10:50pm, police responded to a shooting call at the front of 257 S. Oakley Avenue. Officers arrived and found 20-year old Nathan Francis lying in the street at the front of the residence, in the arms of his father. Nathan had been seated in a car at the front of the home talking with a friend when an unidentified suspect approached and shot the car, Nathan, and his friend. The suspect fled the area in a white or silver late model car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows. Nathan died from his wounds. A photo of Nathan may be viewed on our website, www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers has posted a reward of up to $2,000.00 for any information received by December 7, 2011, leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the persons 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 can text a tip to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.
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 or call Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-877-645-TIPS (8477).
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.