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Police: Woman's pit bulls save her during Linden robbery

Columbus police say a woman's pit bulls saved her from her ex-boyfriend at her Linden home on Thursday.
Lonnie Hollingsworth (Columbus Division of Police)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police say a woman's pit bulls saved her from her ex-boyfriend at her Linden home on Thursday.

According to police, at around 9 p.m., 58-year-old Lonnie Hollingsworth was outside retrieving his property when the woman allowed him inside the home. An argument later broke out.

Police say Hollingsworth held the victim at knife point and demanded money before her pit bulls began attacking him. In turn, police say Hollingsworth stabbed the dogs.

The dogs went to a back room and the victim handed Hollingsworth cash. The dogs then returned, and police say Hollingsworth began hitting them with a pot, allowing the woman to escape. She suffered minor injuries.

Hollingsworth was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.

Police say Friday at last check, the dogs were expected to survive.