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Northland: Man reports robbery by alleged prostitute

A pick-up turned into a hold-up for a Columbus man who admitted he was trying to pick up a woman he thought was a prostitute in the 1700 block of Morse Road.

The incident occurred at noon Aug. 17, according to the police report. The man said the woman had a gun and demanded his money. She took $80 from his wallet after he handed it to her. She gave it back to him, and the man went home before calling police.

In other Northland-area police reports:

* A Martell Drive woman said she was nearly dragged out of her apartment by her hair in an assault incident that took place at 8 a.m. Aug. 16. The woman said her attacker initially seemed polite when she invited her into the apartment, even though she had been banging angrily on the door.

The apartment resident said politeness ceased almost immediately when the other woman grabbed her by the hair and started to drag her out the door, saying, "I won't do this in front of your kid." The victim said she was able to push her attacker away.

* A man being escorted out of the Sirens strip club on Cleveland Avenue allegedly threw a punch at a security guard at 7:16 p.m. Aug. 12. The club employee said he pulled his head back so the man's fist only grazed his face, after which he punched the customer back and continued escorting him off the premises.

The suspect told the reporting officer he was not involved in the altercation.

* An officer having lunch at a restaurant on Morse Road at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13 reported observing an employee tell a customer to leave, but the man refused to go. The officer intervened and had the employee officially issue a trespass warning against the man, but he has since been back to the restaurant twice, according to a report.