Bexley News

Police investigation

No suspects identified in homicide


Bexley police have not yet found a suspect in the city's first homicide since 2009.

At 9:08 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Bexley and Columbus police responded to a report of a shooting victim found near the intersection of Stanwood Road and Delmar Avenue.

The man, Rudolph Edward-Anthony Calmese Jr., 18, died of gunshot wounds at 5:25 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

Some passersby discovered Calmese after he had been shot, Bexley Police Capt. Bryan Holbrook said.

"They called 911," he said.

Emergency personnel found that Calmese had sustained two gunshot wounds to the lower abdomen. He was transported in critical condition to Grant Medical Center, where he later died.

The passersby who called police did not witness the shooting and no residents in the area reported hearing gunshots, Holbrook said. Police are still working to identify suspects and a motive, Holbrook said.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Calmese, of Oak Orchard Avenue on Columbus' Far East Side, was an employee of Jet's Pizza in Gahanna and had withdrawn from Licking Heights High School in November. He had visited the school district office on Jan. 23 to begin the re-enrollment process.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bexley police detectives at 614-559-4444.