Suspect Nabbed Moments After Robbing OSU Student


At OSU, some students may feel uncomfortable walking alone at night but during the day is a different story.

That’s what Nikita thought about her walk to campus Wednesday around 6:30 p.m.

Nikita, who did not want her last name used, said as soon as she walked out her front door, she started to listen to music on her iPhone.

"I was going to my dance practice actually, it's for a performance coming up,” she said. "I had my headphones in and I was switching music actually."

While she was walking down the street, she said she noticed two men in the alley. She didn’t think much about it, but one man stopped in front of her. She said the other man grabbed her arm turned her around then took her iPhone. 

Investigators said both man ran though the parking lot and headed toward the alley and Nikita chased them.

“I don't know why I thought, 'Hey stop, give that back' would make him give it back to me,” she added.

But investigators said she did catch the attention of a Columbus Police Officer who was in the area. They said the officer chase the suspect who had the victim’s phone.

He was eventually caught in an alley and Nikita got the phone back.

But she’s still nervous.

"You never really think that something like that will happen to you because you think you're being safe,” she said.

Now, walking alone during the day brings her the same fear as walking alone at night.