Columbus Police Officer On Leave Pending Investigation Into Alleged Off-Duty Assault


A Columbus police officer is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman and holding her at gunpoint.

Randall Lyons, 42, has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

The alleged victim, Crystal Curenton, says it happened last week at the intersection of South Hamilton Road and Livingston Avenue.

Curenton says Lyons blocked her car and then pulled her out of her vehicle at gunpoint in front of her two children, who were in the back seat.

She says he was off duty and didn't immediately tell her he was a police officer.

She says Lyons was upset because she allegedly brushed his truck's mirror with hers along South Hamilton Road.

"He says, ‘You hit my truck. You damaged my truck,’” she said. “When I looked at his and mine, there was no damage." Curenton said.

She says Lyons called officers to the scene to investigate the minor accident that happened on Sept. 2.  

The next day, Lyons' gun and badge were taken and he was placed on desk duty.  

Curenton says he not only pulled her out of her own car, but also held her at gunpoint from several angles right in front of her boys.

"You could have blown my face off, hit my kids, I think about stuff like that," Curenton said.

She says she's thankful no one was injured.

"For you to be a Columbus police officer, you make all of them look bad," she said of Lyons.

At this point, no charges have been filed against Lyons, who will remain on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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