OSU students receive "safety notice" regarding robbery crime trend next to campus


As snowflakes fell onto Chittenden Avenue, Monday, so did a feeling of uncertainty.

"It makes me nervous to come outside at night," Brandon Armao said.

Armao is a junior at Ohio State University. Monday, he received a notice informing students of not one but two armed robberies, Sunday, near Chittenden Avenue and Pearl Street about a block from OSU campus.

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"Might have to self-impose a curfew like it's kind of scary with it happening like right around where I live," he said.

The first incident took place around 1:00 a.m. when police say two men not affiliated with OSU were approached by a man in his 20s dressed in a hoodie. Police say he showed a handgun and stole money and cell phones.

The second incident happened about 19 hours later when two males, one of which was an OSU student, were approached by two men and threatened at gunpoint. The suspects stole money and then left, according to police.

Austin Holm lives just feet away from the intersection.

"It comes with living in a big city, so it's not too unexpected," Holm said. "But it is a little eye-opening when it is 10 feet away from your door."

Naomi Kolovich also received the alert from OSU Emergency Management.

"Honestly, like it's happened so much that I kind of disregard it a little bit," she said.

She says she does her part to stay safe.

"I do what I can," she said. "I walk with my friends, I make sure that if they are walking alone that I'm texting them or they're calling me, but there's only so much you can prepare for something like this."

But she'll continue to do what she can. And, students say even if it doesn't appear to be related to OSU, they're grateful for getting the heads up.

"Yeah, absolutely," Holm said. "I think it's important to be aware."

"It makes me aware," Kolovich said. "While this does happen a lot, I am aware when I'm walking and I try to look around and be aware of my surroundings. I am happy that they tell me about it."

The Columbus Division of Police is actively investigating and encourages anyone with information related to this crime to call CPD at 614-645-4881. The statement to students also says "The Ohio State University Police Division encourages everyone to lock doors and windows. When possible, please walk with friends or coworkers and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night."

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