Teen Robbed At Columbus Library After Getting Homework Help


UPDATED: Friday March 8, 2013 6:35 PM

Columbus Police said the tips keep coming in about five teens caught on camera beating then robbing another teenager at a local library.

Cameras on two levels outside and inside the Franklinton Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library captured five teens casually walking into the building.

Video footage shows that the group can be seen scoping out the waiting area and seeing a lone teenager standing inside.

One of the teens punched the 17-year-old boy who, police said, was simply waiting for a ride home.

The punched teen manages to get outside, but two in the group continued to chase him while the others went through his book bag.

"He came back after the suspects were gone, collected his things and reported the incident, and the police were called and they were here within minutes," said Gregg Dodd of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Dodd said the boy had just gotten to that waiting area minutes before the group walked in.

"According to the library staff, the teen had just finished getting help in their 'homework help center.’ He had come right here to wait for someone to pick him up," Dodd said.

They said the attack was random and unprovoked, but Dodd said parents should still feel safe sending their children to the library.

"We take security very seriously, and we certainly want to cooperate to insure that our community, this community, every community remains safe,” he added.

No arrests have been made, but police said they are getting good information from people in the area. One female was reported in the group of teens.

If you recognize any of these teens, call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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