Westerville police said a Columbus man was arrested after allegedly assaulting two drivers and trying to steal their vehicles.

Westerville police said a Columbus man was arrested after allegedly assaulting two drivers and trying to steal their vehicles.

According to reports, Mason T. Pillow, 20, of East 12th Avenue in Columbus was standing in the intersection of East Walnut Street and South Otterbein Avenue on the night of Dec. 29.

Two callers reported seeing the man standing in the intersection with a dog, and when they approached the stoplight he walked up to their car and assaulted them. One victim said he rolled his window down and was punched by the man, the other said she rolled her window back up and he punched the glass hard enough to break it.

The male motorist drove away and called police, but reports stated the suspect was able to partially enter the woman's vehicle, sitting "partially on top" of the victim while punching her. At one point, he allegedly tried to drive away while she was still in the vehicle.

Multiple witnesses rushed to the woman's defense, pulling the man out of the vehicle and putting the car in park. During the altercation with witnesses, the man allegedly said he wanted police to kill him and told witnesses to shoot him, reports stated.

When police arrived, he attempted to run from the scene. One officer used a stun gun on him, but he continued to resist arrest.

Eventually, the man was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, assault, kidnapping, criminal damaging, resisting arrest and obstructing official business, according to reports.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A Westerville resident reported that someone cut down his lilac tree and put it on his neighbor's porch.

According to reports, the man called police when he realized someone had cut down the tree at his house in the 300 block of Aylesbury Drive between Dec. 30 and 31.

He found the tree on his neighbor's porch, and the neighbors reportedly said they did not see or hear anything during the night.

* Multiple residents in the 100 block of Juniper Avenue reported having items vandalized in their yard between Dec. 30 and 31.

According to reports, mailboxes, ceramic pots and other items were damaged overnight.