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Northland: 14-year-old reports threat from man with a gun

A 14-year-old boy told Columbus police officers that a man threatened to shoot him as he was walking through an apartment complex at Forest Hills Boulevard and East Dublin-Granville Road at 2 p.m. Aug. 7.

The youth said he was at the Hyde Park apartments when the man motioned to have him come closer. The teen declined, and the man claimed he was threatened by the 14-year-old.

"The victim denied making any threats, and then the suspect pulled out a black 9mm pistol, pointed it at the victim and stated, 'I'm going to kill you,' " police reports said. The boy ran to the parking lot of a nearby bank building.

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

* A 29-year-old Thornapple Circle West resident reported he was punched twice in the face in the 6100 block of Busch Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 8. He said this followed a verbal altercation with the man who struck him. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

* An afternoon at the movies turned into a police report and insurance claim for a 46-year-old East 22nd Avenue man. He called police at 11:21 a.m. Aug. 9 to say he discovered at 5:25 p.m. Aug. 4 that his car had been broken into after he attended a movie at The Screens at the Continent, 6360 Busch Blvd.

A $1,500 laptop computer, a Kindle e-reader worth $160 and an external hard drive valued at $115 were reported taken from the vehicle.

* A 35-year-old woman reported at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 6 she was assaulted at an office building on East Dublin-Granville Road. She said her assailant, who initially struck her in the back of the head with a purse and then punched her in the back four times, was fired from her job at the complex July 15.

* In another case of a Craigslist listing gone bad, a 33-year-old Vista View Boulevard man said he listed a $2,000 laptop computer for sale at the online classified site and arranged for a purported buyer to meet him in a parking lot in the 5500 block of Cleveland Avenue at 9:06 p.m. Aug. 9 to look at the item. However, the man who had indicated he wanted to buy the computer grabbed it and ran off, the resident told police.