OSU issues safety warning after off-campus robbery attempt

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University is sending a warning to students after an attempted robbery just 233 feet off campus.

Columbus Police say a male victim was approached by a man with a knife on 12th avenue at N. Pearl Street around 5:35am this morning. The suspect tried to rob the victim at knife point, but he was unsuccessful.

The victim, who is not a student, suffered minor injuries.

Police say the suspect is a black male in his late 20’s, is 5’8″ tall, weights 160 pounds, has long hair and a full beard. He was seen wearing a gray t-shirt and dark athletic shorts when he left in a silver or blue early 2000’s model Ford Taurus.

After learning about the robbery, The Ohio State University Emergency Management issued a safety awareness message to all students on campus.

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.”

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call CPD at 614-645-4545. Police will also have increased patrols in the area.

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