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Clintonville: Gunman takes landscaper's wallet, cellphone, boots

A 21-year-old Pataskala man doing landscape work in the 400 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard said he was robbed at gunpoint at 11:20 a.m. May 21.

The victim said the suspect approached him and pulled out a silver handgun. He demanded the man's property and was given both a wallet and cellphone, after which the victim was told to take off his shoes, walk into a nearby wooded area and not look back. The suspect ran off in an unknown direction, taking the victim's boots with him, reports said.

The cellphone is valued at $150, the wallet contained $140 and a Social Security card, and the boots are valued at $80, reports said.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* Police were summoned to an Indianola Avenue business on an assault complaint at 10:50 a.m. May 19 after a Maize Road man said he'd gotten into an argument with a co-worker over a $2 tip.

"He stated that he was then punched in the mouth by another co-worker who was attempting to intercede," the reporting officer wrote.

The manager, who eventually separated the disputing parties, told a different story. He said, according to reports, the "victim" had instigated the altercation.

The Maize Road resident did not require medical attention and was asked to leave by the owner.

* A Broad Meadows Boulevard woman said she was the victim of an assault in her apartment at 6:15 a.m. May 20. She said she had told her attacker to leave after he struck her with a lamp and bit her finger, then told her she was going to die that day and allegedly went to the kitchen to get a knife. The victim reportedly ran out of the apartment and called police. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, and the victim refused medical treatment, according to reports.

* A Broad Meadows Boulevard man filed a report at 8:46 a.m. May 18 regarding the theft of prescription medicine. He said the person who took the bottle of about 30 Clonazepam, a muscle relaxant, between 8 and 10 a.m. the previous day had been arrested for OVI, and that he had the prescription bottle on his person at the time. The reporting officer noted only five pills were still remaining when the bottle was turned in to the evidence room.

* Bracelets valued at $2,500 and $1,000 worth of gold coins were stolen in a burglary on East Beechwold Boulevard that was reported at 4:25 a.m. May 20. The victims said the break-in occurred after 10 p.m. May 19.

* Officers were summoned to a business on Indianola Avenue at 10:59 a.m. May 19 regarding alleged threats by an ex-employee. The victim said the person making the threats had been terminated about two weeks previously, and a previous report had been filed over threatening phone calls. On May 19, the victim said he got 20 to 30 calls on his cellphone from the person, threatening him with physical violence.