Whitehall Division of Police arrested a Columbus man April 1 in connection with the robbery of a pizza-delivery driver.

Police arrested Fernando Villey Moreno, 22, of Fox Chaple Drive in Columbus, for robbery, a second-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing officials business.

He also had outstanding warrants for burglary from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and theft from Hilliard Division of Police.

Moreno was apprehended after jumping several fences in a neighborhood.

Police responded to a report of a robbery in the 4500 block of Saint Francis Lane at 9:45 p.m. and were told the suspect was believed to be running south toward Norton Lane.

A woman told police after she delivered a pizza she saw Moreno attempting to steal her vehicle and confronted him. The woman told police Moreno "began to physically fight her" and attempted to take money from her pockets.

A witness intervened and chased Moreno, according to reports.

Police observed the suspect on Norton Lane; they approached him but the man ignored a directive to stop and ran away, police said.

Several officers eventually cornered the man between a garage and a fence on the north side of Saint Francis Lane, and after he continued to disregard commands, police used a Taser to apprehend him.

The witness and the victim identified Moreno, and he was transported to the Franklin County jail, police said.

In other recent Whitehall police reports:

* A 19-year-old Columbus woman told police a man robbed her April 1 in the parking lot of Citi Trends, 3812 E. Broad St.

Police were advised the suspect had fled in a car, but police saw no vehicle matching the description en route to or near the scene, according to reports.

Police later determined the incident was not reported until about five hours later by the woman's mother.

A man grabbed the woman's purse from her shoulder and ran away, the victim and her mother told police. About four hours later, they told police they saw the suspect at the same store.

Video from the store provided police with the vehicle's registration to an address in Cleveland, reports said.

The purse contained $200.

* Police impounded five kilograms of cocaine and arrested a Texas man accused of delivering the drug.

On March 31, Joel Ramirez Garza, 33, of Houston was arrested and charged with one count of possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony.

The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation of the detectives in the department's drug unit.

The street value of the cocaine is about $200,000 as a whole and nearly twice that when sold in smaller doses, Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said.

The cocaine was concealed in the rear of a rental vehicle Garza was driving, said Kelso, who added the drug is believed to have originated in Mexico.

Garza was arrested without incident when he stopped at a restaurant in the area of East Broad Street and Chris Perry Lane in Columbus.

* Eighteen were arrested and 25 charges were filed as the result of a "retail theft blitz" March 29 in an area of East Main Street including Walmart, 3657 E. Main St., and an area of East Broad Street that includes the Town and Country Shopping Center and Target, 3955 E. Broad St.

The blitz focused on shoplifters and thefts from vehicles and took place with the cooperation of retail establishments who work with police to identify shoplifters, said Kelso, adding about 20 officers participated in the operation.

Charges included theft, forgery, criminal damaging, falsification, disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools, possession of drug-abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

* Assaults were reported at 12:45 a.m. April 3 in the 500 block of South Yearling Road; and at 12:10 p.m. April 3 in the 4400 block of East Main Street.

* Burglaries were reported at 11:35 a.m. April 2 in the 800 block of Lizzie Lane; and at 3:10 p.m. April 2 in the 4400 block of Saint Rita Lane.

* Vehicles were reported stolen at 11:45 a.m. April 3 in the 3700 block of Palm Street; at 11:50 a.m. April 3 in the 200 block of Schofield Drive; at 7:50 p.m. April 3 in the 4300 block of East Broad Street; and at 6:45 p.m. April 4 in the 4200 block of Rickenbacker Avenue.

* Thefts were reported at 8:55 a.m. March 30 in the 4500 block of East Broad Street; at 11:35 a.m. March 30 in the 100 block of South Hamilton Road; at 6:50 p.m. March 30 in the 700 block of South Yearling Road; at 3:50 p.m. March 31 in the 900 block of Exeter Road; at 2:10 p.m. April 2 in the 800 block of Harbinger Circle East; at 5:25 p.m. April 4 in the 700 block of Collingwood Avenue; at 10:40 a.m. April 5 in the 3700 block of Palm Street; and at 12:55 a.m. April 6 in the 4500 block of East Main Street.

* Property destruction was reported at 11:40 a.m. March 30 in the 4800 block of Langley Avenue; at 2:20 p.m. March 30 in the 500 block of Robinwood Avenue; at 10:45 a.m. April 1 in the 200 block of Santa Maria Lane; at 8:25 a.m. April 2 in the 4600 block of Jae Avenue; at 9:15 a.m. April 3 in the 100 block of Beechford Road; at 10:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Patricia Lane; at 5:55 p.m. April 3 in the 5100 block of Longbranch Lane; at 11:45 p.m. April 4 in the 900 block of Rose Place; and at 3:15 p.m. April 5 in the 900 block of Duke Road.

* A 25-year-old man was arrested for discharging firearms after police responded to a report of shots fired at 3:40 a.m. April 2 at an apartment in the 1100 block of Irongate Lane.