The push to make Columbus safer after Reagan Tokes' murder

The push to make Columbus safer after Reagan Tokes' murder
Self defense class offered to help people be safe

In the wake of the Reagan Tokes murder case, awareness continues to grow of the need for change on how ex-offenders, like 29-year-old Brian Golsby, are released from prison.

Last February, Tokes was abducted, raped and murdered allegedly by Golsby, a convicted sex-offender.

She'd just gotten off her evening shift at a Short North restaurant.

Months later, people in the community are working on way to keep the community safer, especially for women.

Starting with defending yourself. Knowing how to defend yourself against an attacker, could be a difference.

“People who are leaving high traffic areas late at night in the dark are always going to be a target for criminals,” Martial Arts expert Carly Hensley said.

Hensley and the Ohio Restaurant Association will put on a self-defense class Thursday night in honor of Tokes.

“We'll practice how to get out of a hold if someone comes and grabs you from the front if someone were to come behind you and get you in a bear hug or a head lock from the back,” Hensley said.

It's part of a local push to increase safety for women, especially restaurant workers.

State representative Kristin Boggs plans to introduce legislation next month designed to keep better tabs on violent, newly released offenders.

“There are so many shortfalls, that every bit of investigation, every person who has eyes on it, everyone who's bringing information to light on this, has been extraordinarily helpful,” she said. “They (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) knew that Brian Golsby was a problem and I think it's fair to say they feel very much that their hands are tied in terms of having a meaningful say in whether or not someone has been rehabilitated thru their incarceration process.”

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