Alcohol blamed for altercation between friends
A Lewis Center man reported that a friend of 20 years punched him in the mouth and right ear at 1:40 a.m. Oct. 28 in the 2300 block of East Dublin-Granville Road.
The 41-year-old told Columbus police he thought his friend "just had too much to drink." He was treated at the scene by a medic and referred to the prosecutor's office.
For his part, the alleged assailant told the reporting officer "nothing happened and he loves the victim."
In other police news:
* A 60-year-old Gahanna man was charged with aggravated trespassing, disorderly conduct and criminal damaging at 10:26 p.m. Oct. 28. The victim was a resident of a North Meadows Boulevard apartment. Damage to a front window in the apartment was estimated at $50.
* When a fight broke out during a party in an East Dublin-Granville motel room on Oct. 27 at 10 p.m., a would-be peacemaker said she wound up getting punched in the left eye. She filed the report at 1:16 p.m. the following day.
* An 18-year-old woman told police she got into an argument with her mother's boyfriend at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at a Sinclair Road motel because she refused to marry him. The victim, who said the man grabbed her by both wrists and pushed her onto a bed, said the assailant is not a U.S. citizen and was demanding that she marry him so he could become one.
* A couple in a Kingshill Drive apartment called officers Oct. 25 to report a frightening incident at 10:25 p.m. The 29-year-old woman and 28-year-old man said a man in the parking lot pointed a gun at them in their third-floor apartment and threatened to return with even more weapons. A search of the vicinity turned up no trace of the suspect, according to the report.
* A work trailer parked outside a Zumstein Drive motel was broken into between 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and 9 the following morning. The victim, a resident of Sebastian, Fla., said a bag of tools valued at $1,000 had been stolen. The victim also said that each of the tools in the bag had "identifiable blue tape on them."
* A 49-year-old Nobleshire Road woman reported at 11:24 a.m. Oct. 24 that someone had attempted to open credit accounts in the name of her deceased husband between Oct. 19 and earlier that day.
* A 16-year-old boy told police he was assaulted at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 on his way to school by a group of juveniles he didn't know at the intersection of Ferris and Ana Maria roads.
* A Belcher Drive resident reported she was robbed at an East Dublin-Granville Road motel at 9 p.m. Oct. 23. The woman, 40, said there was a physical altercation and the suspects in the robbery left the room with her $540 Smith and Wesson handgun, $1,100 in cash and a Coach purse valued at $50.
* A 51-year-old man reported he was attacked by four to five men outside a motel on Zumstein Drive at 9:10 p.m. Oct. 23. The man, who lives at the motel, said his assailants punched and kicked him before pulling off his pants and running away. He said the pants were worth $100, the cell phone in them also was worth $100 and his wallet contained $100 in cash.
* A 31-year-old Tamarack Boulevard man reported he was assaulted and robbed at 11:20 p.m. Oct. 21 on Morse Road. He was treated at St. Ann's Hospital for his injuries.