Five people -- three adults and two juveniles -- were caught in the act while allegedly vandalizing Northland High School at 1:58 a.m. April 8.

Five people -- three adults and two juveniles -- were caught in the act while allegedly vandalizing Northland High School at 1:58 a.m. April 8.

According to Columbus police, two 18-year-old men and an 18-year-old woman, along with a 17-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy, were taken into custody while spray-painting the front of the school, 1919 Northcliff Drive.

Charges against them included criminal damaging, obstructing official business, violating curfew, loitering and vagrancy.

Damage to the front door of the school was estimated at $300 and damages to the front windows were set at $600.

In other recent Northland-area Columbus Division of Police incident reports:

* A 19-year-old Sunbury Square woman told officers she was assaulted in an East Dublin-Granville Road motel room at 4 a.m. April 14. She said a verbal altercation arose when a man who had supposedly failed to provide her with marijuana began waving a joint in front of her, after which she said he punched her twice in the face.

The man admitted to striking the woman, but said it was an accident, the result of fending her off from scratching his chest. Both were referred to the prosecutor's office.

* Upon leaving a store in the 2400 block of East Dublin-Granville Road at 11:55 a.m. April 12, a 40-year-old Hillandale Avenue woman said she was approached in the parking lot by a man who asked for money. When she told him she didn't have any, he got into a green car and drove away.

The woman said she got into her own vehicle, but at a stop sign, the man suddenly opened her passenger door and punched her once in the right eye, then walked back to his vehicle and drove away.

* An argument over gas money led to a Carahan Road resident's vehicle sustaining $2,000 in damages at 8 p.m. April 11.

A 30-year-old man said a woman who was visiting him asked for some gas money, but when he gave her $20, she said it wasn't enough. At that point, the man said he got his border collie out of its crate and held the dog's collar while it barked until the woman left.

But as she was leaving, the man said, the woman called to someone else, who drove up in a teal-colored minivan, got out and, with a baseball bat, shattered the rear window of the man's Mitsubishi.

Contacted by phone, the woman told officers the man threatened her with the dog when she asked him for money for gasoline, but said she didn't know anyone else at the scene and had no idea how the vehicle window came to be broken.

* A 21-year-old woman said she was sitting in her car on East Dublin-Granville Road at 3:30 a.m. April 11 when another woman, a total stranger, walked up and punched her in the mouth. The victim, a resident of Lancaster Lane, said the two exchanged words before her attacker fled the scene.

* An Ironwood Court resident told officers she was robbed by three people, one of whom had a gun, at her residence April 8. The 32-year-old woman said the incident took place at 5:04 p.m. The robbers made off with her purse, wallet and $800 in cash, the report stated.