Whitehall: 'Zimmerman' reference part of riot-related arrests in Whitehall
Police arrested five juveniles and one adult for inciting a riot early July 16 in the first block of Collingwood Avenue.
Police responded to a disturbance call involving juveniles from a "group home" and neighbors. A woman reported the juveniles had yelled obscenities at her, police said. One of the males at the location, identified in the police report as "Syntaxis National Youth Advocate Program," told police the woman had used a racial slur.
While police were at the scene, additional males came outside and used racial slurs toward police and swore at officers, according to the report.
The males reportedly called police "Zimmerman," an apparent reference to George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man who recently was acquitted in Florida for the shooting death of a black teen, Trayvon Martin.
According to police, the individuals were warned for almost 20 minutes to go back inside. Meanwhile, more neighbors gathered outside as the demonstration continued.
An employee at the house that was boarding the juveniles attempted to control the situation, but juveniles continued to go back outside, according to the report.
Police escorted two of the juveniles inside, but the juveniles "refused to be civil," according to the report.
The employee then left the scene, police said, and no other employees were believed to be at the residence.
A sergeant responded to the scene, and police decided to arrest all who were involved in the reported disturbance.
All six individuals were transported to the Whitehall police station, where five were turned over the Franklin County Court of Domestic Relations. The sixth person, the only adult, 19, was transported to the Franklin County jail.
In other Whitehall Division of Police incidents:
* Police arrested a 23-year-old man July 15 in connection with a burglary at AT&T Wireless, 3845 E. Broad St.
Police responded to an alarm at the business at 3:15 a.m. and found the back door open. Police found store merchandise behind the store and detained a man near the scene. A video recording exonerated the man police had in custody, but about two hours later, a man matching the image in the video was seen at a bus stop at East Broad Street and Robinwood Avenue.
As police approached, the man ran away but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.
The man admitted to the burglary, police said.
* A 33-year-old man was arrested for assault and aggravated menacing at 9:35 a.m. July 15 in the 500 block of Maplewood Avenue.
The man was arrested for assaulting a woman who had intervened in a dispute between the suspect and another man.
* Police reported a robbery at 1 p.m. July 13 at the Beer Dock, 125 Robinwood Ave.
The owner told police he confronted a man who had stolen a carton of cigarettes. He fought with the man inside the store and chased him outside, where the suspect dropped the carton and ran away.
Upon returning to the store, two customers who had asked about lottery tickets drove away but picked up the suspect who had fled from the store, according to the report.
* Police arrested a 17-year-old boy for assaulting a police officer, domestic violence and assault at 2:35 p.m. July 15 in the 4400 block of Chandler Drive.
* Police reported a 25-year-old Columbus man was shot at 3:20 a.m. July 15 outside the Paradise Sheesha Lounge, 1121 S. Hamilton Road.
Police responded to a report of a shooting. Blood was at the scene, but no victim could be located. A hospital called police to report a gunshot victim at the emergency room. The alleged victim was not cooperative with police, according to the report.
The alleged victim claimed to have been shot, but the wound appeared to be self-inflicted in an accidental discharge, police said. The alleged victim asked for legal counsel.
A family member gave police permission to search the alleged victim's car for the weapon. Police found $6,400 but no weapon.
* Police arrested a 13-year-old boy for robbery at 9:30 p.m. July 16 in the 400 block of Beechwood Road.
* Police reported a robbery at 7:35 p.m. July 15 in the 2900 block of East Main Street.
* An assault was reported at 8 p.m. July 11 in the 4600 block of East Main Street.
* An assault was reported at 1:05 p.m. July 17 at an apartment in the first block of Fairway Boulevard.
* Police reported an assault at 4:15 p.m. July 17 in the first block of Fairway Boulevard.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 10:15 p.m. July 11 in the 100 block of Midcliff Drive. No physical evidence or suspects were identified.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 9:50 p.m. July 12 in the 4700 block of East Main Street. Another report came 10 minutes later in the same location.
* A report of shots fired was received at 10:30 p.m. at an apartment in the 500 block of South Hamilton Road.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 12:45 a.m. July 14 in the 4200 block of East Broad Street.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 11:10 p.m. July 15 in the 600 block of Erickson Avenue.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:20 a.m. July 16 at an apartment in the first block of Fairway Boulevard.
* Police arrested a 42-year-old man for assault at 6:30 p.m. July 12 in the 4200 block of Doney Street.
* A vehicle was reported stolen at 7:40 a.m. July 18 in the 800 block of Center Street.
* Police arrested a 27-year-old man for disorderly conduct and public intoxication at 3:15 a.m. July 13 in the 800 block of Center Street.
* Police reported a burglary at 6:10 a.m. July 16 in the 4900 block of Dimson Drive North.
* Police arrested a 12-year-old boy for domestic violence and aggravated menacing in the 800 block of Exeter Road.
* Police reported a burglary at 1:50 p.m. July 16 in the 900 block of Dimson Drive East.
* An assault was reported at 5:30 p.m. July 16 in the 3800 block of Kenard Court.
* Police reported a burglary at 3:45 p.m. July 18 in the 900 block of Elaine Road.
* An assault was reported at 9:50 p.m. July 18 in the 4800 block of Etna Road.