Police are asking for answers after a man allegedly tried to pull a woman from her vehicle and assaulted and robbed her at a Speedway gas station late Thursday.
The alleged attack occurred just before 11:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day at the Speedway, located at 821 East Dublin-Granville Road in north Columbus.
The woman was pulled from her vehicle while she was parked at a gas pump.
The man also attempted to remove the victim's purse during the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male between 30 and 35 years old. He's around 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark receding hair and an unshaven face. The suspect's vehicle was a white, full-size van with white paint covering the windows.
The grandmother of the alleged victim said her granddaughter was left with a black eye and bruises down her arm.
John Holst said he witnessed the attack and stepped in to help.
“I had just come out of the gas station and got in the truck, and I heard some really violent screaming,” Holst said. “I came out of the truck, and I came around like this, and I took a few steps this way toward them, and they took off.”
Before the van drove off, Holst said he got a good look at what the men were trying to do. He said the passenger in the van was trying to pull the woman out of her car.
“The van had pulled in right alongside her like this, and the passenger was out and had her by the arm and was trying to pull her through the window,” Holst said.
The man said the alleged victim was hysterical.
“Her stuff was spread out all over the parking lot,” the witness said. “Her keys, her cigarettes. I don’t know if they got her billfold or not.”
Anyone who may have witnessed this crime or have additional information is asked to call police at 614-645-4665.
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