Robber pistol-whips store owner in east Columbus attack

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Officials are trying to identify the man who attacked an employee and robbed a gaming house in east Columbus last month.

Officials said the owner of Jax gaming house was heading into his store at about 10:46am on Jan. 5 when an unidentified male entered behind him. The suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money. The suspect then struck the store owner several times in the head with the weapon before they both headed to an office.

The robber made the owner open the cash drawer. The suspect then grabbed a lot of cash and left the store.

Suspect’s vehicle

No other description of the suspect was listed, but surveillance footage revealed a look at the man and his getaway vehicle. Officials said he fled in a dark-colored four-door vehicle, possibly a Chrysler.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to “CRIMES” 274637, keyword CMH. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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