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Reynoldsburg: Clerk pulls gun on customer who assaulted him

Tuesday July 23, 2013 8:19 PM

An employee of a Reynoldsburg business said he was assaulted by a customer when he refused to sell the man a bottle of liquor.

The employee said a man refused to provide identification to buy liquor at 9:53 p.m. July 13 at the business in the 6300 block of East Livingston Avenue.

The employee told police the man spit at him and punched the right side of his face, so he pulled out his handgun and the man dove to the floor. Then the man stood up and cursed at the employee, according to the report.

The employee told police he escorted the man to the door, still holding him at gunpoint, but the man struck him again before leaving.

The reporting officer said he checked the store security video to confirm the assault and described the man who assaulted the employee as black, approximately 6-feet, 3-inches tall and around 25 years old. He has a medium build and was wearing a black T-shirt and a black head cover.

In other police reports:

* Officers charged a woman for endangering children after she allegedly left her 13-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son alone in a "trashed" mobile home with no food and water for six days.

The reporting officer said he was contacted July 13 by a man who said a woman had "trashed" a mobile home parked in the 6500 block of East Main Street where she stayed briefly with her children after being evicted in Pataskala.

The man told police he had allowed the woman to stay in the mobile home July 7 after she was evicted, but he checked on her July 9 and found she had left with her younger children, leaving the older children without supplies in the damaged mobile home.

The officer said the older boy had gone to live with an uncle, so he transported the 13-year-old girl to a friend's house and got in touch with the friend's mother, who said she would take the girl in until further arrangements could be made.

* Police charged a woman for improper handling of a handgun after she did not immediately tell an officer she had a gun in her car at 1:27 a.m. July 19 when he stopped her on state Route 256.

The officer said he stopped the woman for several moving violations. He said the woman made no mention of the concealed handgun in her vehicle. He reported finding a loaded Taurus Millennium handgun underneath the driver's seat.

* A man said a laptop computer worth $1,500 was taken from his locked car July 13 when the vehicle was parked in the 8400 block of Priestley Drive. The reporting officer said there were no signs the car had been broken into and the laptop bag was still inside.

The officer said a woman came to the police department the next day, July 14, and said she found a Dell laptop computer on her back porch and didn't know who owned it. The computer turned out to belong to the man on Priestley Drive, the officer said.

* Police said a man was charged with theft after he allegedly stole an air conditioner July 18 from a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension.

The reporting officer said he was told a man driving a white Cadillac was leaving the business with the air conditioner. He stopped the car, which was eastbound on Taylor Road, and spoke to the man, who said he was taking the air conditioner to use at his house.

The value of the air conditioner was listed at $398.

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