This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a “Road Rage” Assault which took place in Columbus.
On Monday, March 20, 2017, at 3:39pm, Marlin Sumlin was riding his bicycle northbound, in the curb lane, on Karl Road. Due to the traffic signal, Mr. Sumlin stopped at the intersection of Karl and Morse roads. An unknown driver of a vehicle was also stopped at the intersection. The driver and Mr. Sumlin had an “exchange of words,” resulting in Mr. Sumlin telling the driver to go around him. When the traffic light changed, Mr. Sumlin continued to cycle north on Karl Road and the vehicle went around and passed him. When Mr. Sumlin arrived at the intersection of Karl and Penworth Drive, the same vehicle was there and swerved and struck Mr. Sumlin, throwing him off his bicycle, causing serious injuries. Witnesses at the scene confirmed details of the assault, stating the suspect vehicle travelling in the center lane intentionally swerved into the curb lane to strike the cyclist, without stopping. The suspect vehicle sustained damage to its radiator, which was leaking fluid as it fled the scene. Unfortunately, witnesses were not able to obtain license plate information. The suspect vehicle is a dark blue Dodge Caravan with front damage. The suspect driver is described as: Male/Black, 30-34yrs., 165lbs., thin build, light complexion, wearing a black hat and hoodie. The suspect has a large mole or tattoo on his face.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward 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 can text a tip to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.
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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.