A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 29 in Franklin County Municipal Court for a 24-year-old Reynoldsburg man accused of attacking three women on the bike trail at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave.

Dominique J. Thomas was arraigned Sept. 21 on three fifth degree felony charges of ethnic intimidation. He also was charged with assault and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors.

The women are all white and when Thomas was interviewed, he admitted to “a problem with white people,” according to a Reynoldsburg police report.

“During the suspect’s initial interviews, he was asked why he assaulted those particular women, and he said something to the effect that he does not like white people and does not get along with white people,” Reynoldsburg police Lt. Bill Early said.

Early said Thomas was linked to an Aug. 3 incident on the bike trail when a woman told police a man fitting Thomas’ description verbally accosted her with obscenities and spit on her and her baby.

On Sept. 17, a woman said she was running and a man fitting Thomas’ description yelled at her and shoved her to the ground after she greeted him on the trail.

The third incident occurred at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 20, when a woman called police and said a man had yelled at her and threatened her on the bike path.

Police and park rangers swarmed the bike trail and searched for the man, who was described as “bald and black, with no facial hair” and who “was acting aggressively” on the bike trail.

“We had officers in the vicinity and were able to find and arrest him pretty quickly,” Early said.

Thomas is being held on $150,000 bond at the Franklin County jail.




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Reynoldsburg police arrest man 'acting aggressively' at Blacklick Woods

Reynoldsburg police expect to file charges as soon as Thursday, Sept. 21, against a 24-year-old man who was arrested Sept. 20 after a caller said the man was on the bike path at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., "acting aggressively toward people on the path" and using profanity.

Lt. Bill Early said it was the third such call the department received about the man at the same park. The first came Aug. 3, and another was made Sept. 17.

According to a press release the Reynoldsburg Division of Police posted on Facebook, the department received multiple calls about a man threatening adults and children at the park. He was described as a bald black man, 6 feet tall, with no facial hair.

The latest complaint was made at 11:20 a.m. today, Sept. 20.

"We had officers in the vicinity and were able to apprehend him pretty quickly," Early said.

He said all the witnesses described the man as "acting as if he wanted to cause physical harm."

Early said the man would likely be charged with aggravated menacing and possibly targeting women, a fifth-degree felony.