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Grove City: 15-year-old girl lured to beating, robbery at park

A Columbus girl was lured to a beating and robbery at a local neighborhood park, Grove City police reported.

Officers responded at 8:20 p.m. July 25 to Keller Farms Park, 1900 Michelle Court, after tracing a 911 hang-up call to the location. They found the 15-year-old Columbus resident lying on the ground. Police reports said she refused to tell officers what had happened, but was crying and appeared highly upset and afraid. An officer saw puffiness around her eyes and bruises on her left arm and right leg. Her father was contacted, and he arrived on scene.

The girl told her father that a 19-year-old Columbus woman had snuck up behind her, and that the two of them had pushed and struck each other before the woman left with a 20-year-old Columbus man. The girl and her father initially declined to press charges, but on July 29, the girl and her mother arrived at the police station to make a report of the incident.

The girl told police she went to the park with the 20-year-old Columbus man to meet friends and smoke marijuana. The man convinced her to leave his vehicle, and shortly thereafter, the woman -- the man's girlfriend -- attacked her, punching her in the face, pulling her to the ground and choking her as the man encouraged the beating. During the assault, the Columbus woman reportedly stole jewelry off the girl's finger.

At this time, police are investigating the case as an aggravated robbery but reports said no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

In other recent incident reports from Grove City Division of Police:

• About 7:10 p.m. July 24, a resident of the 3500 block of Lake Louise Drive received a call from a man claiming to be an employee of Microsoft Corp., and he told her that her computer was infected with a number of viruses. During the conversation, she granted him remote access to her computer, which contained three years worth of her income tax returns as well as a number of other sensitive documents. The resident, at the man's request, also wired a check for $240 to India to receive virus protection. After doing so, the resident spoke with another man claiming to work for Microsoft, and he told her to leave her computer on all night and not to interrupt its Internet connection. The number on the resident's caller ID was for a location in Nova Scotia, Canada.

• Someone tore off the house numbers and flag from a mailbox in the 3500 block of Lake Louise Drive, causing $75 worth of damage, between 8 p.m. July 31 and 7 a.m. Aug. 1.

• Canal Winchester residents paid a Columbus man $2,400 after meeting him at a business in the 2800 block of Home Road at 2 p.m. July 26, to purchase a car he was selling on Craigslist. The man gave them the title, which was notarized, and the Canal Winchester residents took the car home.

On July 28, one of the residents took the title to a Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Fairfield County and was advised it was an old title and that two titles were issued since then for the same vehicle. The Fairfield County Sheriff's Department advised her to contact Grove City Police because that was where the final transaction took place. It appears the suspect sold the car with an old title and then used a newer title to use the car as collateral for a loan. The current title has a lien on it.

• While exercising between 8 and 8:30 p.m. July 31 at a gym in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway, a Columbus man received an alert on his cellphone that his credit card had been used for a suspicious purchase of $253 at a nearby store. The man went to his locker at the gym, which had been unlocked, and found his wallet missing.

• A minibike valued at more than $1,900 was reported stolen between 4:30 and 5 p.m. July 29 from an open garage in the 4500 block of Windrow Drive. Nothing else was reported taken.

• Between 12:30 and 12:50 p.m. July 29, someone stole a bicycle valued at nearly $80 from a driveway in the 3300 block of Kingston Avenue. At the time of the theft, a resident and her son, the owner of the bike, were working in the yard and cleaning out the garage.

• Between 4 a.m. and 6:16 p.m. July 1, someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 3600 block of Sterling Park Circle, causing $200 worth of damage to a window, and stole the car's stereo, valued at $300.

• In addition to stealing the owner's purse, someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a Grove City woman while it was parked in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive between 1:45 and 6:30 p.m. July 31, causing $300 worth of damage to one of the windows. When the victim contacted her credit card companies, she learned two stolen cards had been used several times at local gas stations, but the amount of fraudulent charges racked up was undetermined.

• Between 5 p.m. July 31 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1, someone vandalized vending machines in front of a business in the 4300 block of Broadway, causing $100 worth of damage. No entry was made into the machines, but the business owner said this was the third time in the past year someone had damaged the machines.

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