A Columbus woman was charged with criminal trespassing after allegedly leading Westerville police to a residence the first block of Spring Creek Drive where she falsely claimed she was being held captive.
According to reports, a friend of the 30-year-old suspect called police because she had been sending him messages stating she was "being held against her will" by an acquaintance at the man's father's house on the night of June 9.
The caller told police the woman had indicated the acquaintance had a gun and "would shoot anyone that tried to take her from the residence," reports stated.
Police arrived at the house in question and began establishing a perimeter.
The man in question walked out of the house and police immediately detained and handcuffed him. They reportedly asked if the woman was in the house and he told them he did not know.
According to reports, the man's father heard the commotion outside and asked what was happening.
Officers asked if the woman was in the house and the man reportedly responded, "she better not be."
Officers checked the house and found the woman in an upstairs bedroom. She told them she wanted to leave but was not allowed by the occupants of the house.
In response, the acquaintance reportedly showed officers text messages where he told her to leave the house and not come back.
Because it was determined she was not welcome in the house, police charged the woman with criminal trespassing and released her, according to reports.
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* A Westerville business owner reported in the 900 block of Eastwind Drive someone has been trying to pose as a member of her company and cash checks on the company's behalf.
She said she has dealt with fake Facebook accounts of people who do not work at her company throughout May and recently received a call about a check cashed by a person who does not exist, but had the same last name as the company owners. Police are investigating.
* A woman reported that someone threw watermelons at the front of her apartment in the first block of West Park Street on the morning of June 5.
The woman said she heard banging on the door of her apartment around 7 a.m., and opened the door to find watermelon everywhere. No damage occurred.