Upper Arlington News

UA police seeking help to catch home invasion robber

Suspect in Sunset Drive incident believed to be driving dark-colored Prius


Upper Arlington police are seeking information to help track down a man who allegedly forced his way into Sunset Drive home and robbed a local woman of jewelry.

As of this afternoon, police had not caught up with a man who they say two days earlier committed an armed robbery at the home in the 3400 block of Sunset Drive.

According to Upper Arlington Police Det. Kurt Bowman, the incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Jan. 8.

He said a woman who was home alone answered her front door after a man described as being white, thin and approximately 5-foot-10 with short blond hair rang her doorbell.

When the woman partially opened the door, Bowman said, the man forced his way into the residence, knocking the victim to the floor. The suspect then produced a handgun and demanded jewelry.

“The suspect is unknown,” Bowman said. “As soon as she opened the door a crack, he forced himself in.

“We still have an undetermined amount of jewelry, but it seems he mostly took what she was wearing.”

Bowman said the woman, who received “very minor injuries” from being knocked down, reported the man smelled of cigarette smoke and was seen driving away in a dark-colored Toyota Prius or similar vehicle.

Anyone with information about the case, or who sees a black or dark-colored Prius or similar vehicle which isn’t typically in the area, is advised to call the Upper Arlington Police Department at 614-583-5160.

“We’ve got a good idea it was a Prius,” Bowman said. “Any kind of suspicious activity, we’d like to hear from the public.

“We don’t want anyone to approach this person since there could be some violent tendencies there.”