Reynoldsburg police believe a series of incidents in a residential area on the northwest side of the city may be connected.

Reynoldsburg police believe a series of incidents in a residential area on the northwest side of the city may be connected.

The department sent out an alert Feb. 18 to make residents aware of the crimes in a neighborhood west of Brice Road. Detective Kevin McDonnell said the four reports, one of aggravated menacing and three involving robberies, are being considered as relating to the same suspect or suspects.

McDonnell said the crimes have occurred over the past few months at around the same time of day in the same area.

The first incident took place on May 18 last year near the intersection of Brice Road and Firethorne Avenue. According to police, a 26-year-old man was jogging south on Brice Road while listening to an iPod when a black man ran up behind him and pointed a gun at his head.

The jogger said he was unable to hear what the man said because he had his iPod on, but he said he threw his arm back and struck the man, then ran east on Firethorne and got away.

McDonnell said an officer dispatched to the area found a man who fit the description of the suspect, but that person got away by running west through several backyards.

The man was described as black, age undetermined, about 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

In the same area on Dec. 4, in the 6300 Block of Timbermill Way, west of Brice Road, McDonnell said a 21-year-old pizza delivery driver was getting out of his vehicle in the 6300 block of Timbermill Way when he was approached by a black man on a bicycle.

The cyclist pulled out a gun and told the delivery driver to lie on his stomach. Police reports said after the driver handed over his property, he was hit in the back of the head three times. The bicyclist rode away heading east.

He was described as a black man about 18 to 20 years old, around 5-feet, 6-inches or 5-feet, 7-inches tall, with a thin build. He was a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

At about 9 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 6400 block of Rugosa Avenue, McDonnell said a 16-year-old boy walking home reported a black man approached him from behind and told him to empty his pockets or he would be hit.

The man took items from the teen and walked in a southwesterly direction between houses in the neighborhood.

He was described as a black man in his 30s, between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored jeans.

On Feb. 16, also in the 6400 block of Rugosa Ave., a 19-year-old man reported as he was getting into his vehicle he was approached by a black man who first asked him what time it was, then asked where he could get marijuana and then asked for a dollar for the bus.

According to police, the teen answered the questions and the man apparently walked away, then turned, pointed a gun at the victim and hit him several times in the face with it.

Police reports said he then asked the victim for his belongings. Once he obtained them, he walked away south between houses in the neighborhood. He was described as black, 18 to 22 years old, about 6-feet, 2-inches tall with a slender build. He wore black pants and a black Ecko hooded sweatshirt with a picture of a gray rhino on the chest with a red oval around it.

McDonnell said police believe the incidents are being committed by the either the same person or the same group of people. Even though the descriptions of the culprits vary, he said it is possible the crimes are being committed by just one person.

"It's a possibility it could be the same person, but we want people to be aware that here's a guy that's out there and has a gun. I mean, it's a dangerous situation," McDonnell said. "In all four of these, only one person was seen. The suspect was by himself."

McDonnell said anyone who is a victim of a similar crime should call police immediately.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call him at (614)-322-6917 or e-mail him at kmcdonnell@reypd.com. Anyone who wants to pass along information anonymously can do so through the city's Web site at www.ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.