Suspects In Library Beating Linked To COTA Attack, Robbery


UPDATED: Wednesday March 20, 2013 5:49 PM


Police have taken a group of teens into custody and arrested one woman in connection with several attacks on the same day in early March.

Investigators said the two attacks occurred on March 4 at a library and on a bus.

In the afternoon that day, a group of five individuals attacked a teen at a Columbus Metropolitan Library branch on West Town Street. The victim was beaten and his book bag was stolen.

In response to that incident, library officials said an additional security guard was added to the Franklinton branch.

"Particularly any sort of violence or bodily harm, we are just thankful that this young man that was hurt at this particular branch here is now safe," said Columbus Metropolitan Library Director of Marketing Gregg Dodd.

Police said that later that night, the same group of individuals, along with two other suspects, attacked and robbed a man on a COTA bus. The victim said he was beaten and had his iPad taken from him.

The adult arrested was 19-year-old Avory Monque-Desiree Cathey. She is charged with robbery and aggravated rioting.

The names of the juvenile males who were taken into custody have not been released.

Columbus Police credit cooperation from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and COTA for providing the surveillance video that led to the identification and arrest of the suspects.

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