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Two arrested, charged with assault in possible hate crime near Ohio State campus

A man and a woman are in custody at the Franklin County Jail.
Credit: Franklin County Jail
Jarylle Walker (left) and Tereishia Finney (right)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man and a woman are arrested and charged with assault in connection to an investigation into a possible hate crime near the Ohio State Univesity campus.

Ohio State police said a student, who is white, was walking along High Street near West 12th Avenue around 11 p.m. Wednesday when a Black man across the street yelled a racial slur at him.

According to court documents, that man who allegedly yelled the slur was later identified as 25-year-old Jarylle Walker.

Police wrote in court documents that the two exchanged words before the man ran across the street and punched the student in the face, breaking his jaw.

The student then left the area to seek help, police said.

Walker is in the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike on a felony assault charge.

Police say two Ohio State students were approached by 29-year-old Tereishia Finney in their car on Chittenden Avenue. Finney, who is Black, followed the two students, both white, to the Ohio Union and allegedly assaulted the two students. The students told police that Finney yelled a racial slur at both of them.

The two students were able to flee to inside the Ohio Union and call police. Neither were injured in the incident.

According to court documents, Walker and Finney can be seen on security footage in an altercation at Drinko Hall around the same time as the other incidents.

Police said Walker can be seen following the student at which he later yelled a racial slur.

Finney, who is Black, can be seen swinging a lanyard with keys at two white men, hitting one of them twice, police wrote in the documents.

Walker and Finney then left the hall, police said.

Finney is also held at the Franklin County Jail and charged with a misdemeanor count of assault.

Anyone who has information about the incidents or saw what happened is asked to call Ohio State police at 614-292-2121.

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