Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and United Dairy Farmers, is pleased to recognize Columbus Police Officers of Zones 4 and 5 as the recipients of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for September, and Columbus Police Officers Joshua Wright, Edward Reichenbach, and Joel Dobney as the recipients for the month of October. Please read details below:
Officers Glen Allison, Jason Clark, and Officer Jeffrey Mooney were patrolling the Short North area when they witnessed a male, who matched the description of a robbery suspect from the day before, riding a bicycle in the area. Officers Allison, Clark, and Mooney witnessed the male set his bicycle and a backpack down in the rear of the Donato’s Pizza, located at 920 N. High St. and walk towards N. High St., but then lost sight of the male. While the officers were attempting to locate the male, the male, unknown to them, walked into the UDF, located at 900 N. High St. and robbed the business at gunpoint. The officers then responded to the rear of the Donato’s and noticed that the male’s backpack and bicycle were both gone. As they began circulating the area looking for the suspect, the suspect and backpack were ultimately located hiding underneath a vehicle parked in front of 624 E. 4th Ave. The suspect, later identified via his CPD mugshot as Ricky Kindrix, was taken into custody without incident. Inside the backpack the officers recovered a handgun (which ended up being a BB gun), several articles of clothing Mr. Kindrix wore during the robbery, and cash, including four marked bills used by UDF as “bait money.” It is believed that Mr. Kindrix is responsible for several robberies in both the Short North and Campus areas.
On September 6, 2017, at about 1:41am, Officer Joshua Wright was dispatched on an unknown complaint at 3511 Providence Glen Drive that read that a female was crying and no one was responding on the phone. Upon arrival, Officer Wright heard several people yelling from inside the apartment. Shortly afterward, he heard a single gunshot coming from the apartment. Officer Wright aired “shots fired.” An “Officer in Trouble” call ensued. Officer Edward Reichenbach and his Probationary Officer Joel Dobney were close by and responded to assist. The officers quickly made a warrantless entry to ensure the safety of everyone inside. Once inside, they saw the victim in front of the door on top of the suspect, Bazi Faki, striking him with a frying pan. There was a loaded handgun within arm’s reach of Mr. Faki by the front door. The officers quickly retrieved it for safety reasons. Mr. Faki had multiple facial wounds and had been stabbed with a large sword. The victim sustained a single gunshot wound at some point during the incident. It was determined that Bazi Faki kicked in the door and had the family at gunpoint inside. At some point, the suspect had fired off at least three rounds because casings were located inside the apartment. The family fought back with the sword and the frying pan. Mr. Faki was subsequently charged with Aggravated Burglary. These three officers have been recommended to be awarded the Silver Cross.
The award presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, around 9:45am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall located at 379 W. Broad Street.
Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4749.