A 26-year-old Whitehall man told Whitehall police he was assaulted and robbed at 12:45 p.m. July 13 at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4445 E. Broad St.
Three officers were dispatched to the library on a report of two men fighting.
Another report advised police the aggressor in the fight had fled through the back doors of the library.
Library staff directed police to the victim, who was in the library's "quiet room," according to reports.
He told police he was using a computer when a man he knows only as "TJ" punched him, after which the two men fought, reports said.
The suspect reportedly took the victim's backpack, which contained a video-game console, and ran away.
The victim identified the suspect as a relative of the mother of his children.
A woman who was with the victim corroborated his account of the incident, according to reports.
The victim sustained minor abrasions and other signs of assault, police reports said.
Police obtained a video recording of the incident that allegedly shows the suspect assaulting the victim and the pair fighting before patrons of the library separate them.
The incident is being investigated, reports said.
In other recent Whitehall police reports:
* Burglaries were reported at 10:25 a.m. July 8 in the first block of Santa Maria Lane; at 1:45 p.m. July 8 in the 500 block of South Hamilton Road; at 2:15 p.m. July 8 in the 600 block of Maplewood Avenue; at 7:15 a.m. July 10 in the 200 block of North Yearling Road; at 7:55 p.m. July 10 in the 200 block of South Yearling Road; at 1:30 a.m. July 11 in the 4000 block of Beechcreek Road; at 10 a.m. July 12 in the 600 block of Elaine Road; and at 10:05 a.m. July 15 in the 4500 block of Norton Lane.
* Thefts were reported at 11:05 a.m. July 8 in the 4000 block of Rickenbacker Avenue; at 3:20 p.m. July 11 in the 700 block of Beechwood Road; at 1:10 and 7:55 p.m. July 13 in the 3500 block of East Main Street; at 4 p.m. July 13 in the 200 block of Santa Maria Lane; at 7 p.m. July 13, 11:20 a.m. July 14 and 12:05 p.m. July 15 in the 3600 block of East Main Street; and at 7:15 p.m. July 14 in the 4300 block of East Broad Street.
* Vehicles were reported stolen at 8:55 a.m. July 9 in the 4200 block of East Broad Street; at 7:40 a.m. July 15 in the 300 block of Beechtree Road; at 8:20 a.m. July 15 in the 200 block of Parklawn Circle; and at 11:10 a.m. July 15 in the 200 block of South Hamilton Road.
* Property destruction was reported at 10:35 a.m. July 8 in the 100 block of Parklawn Boulevard; at 8 p.m. July 8 in the 700 block of Lamby Lane; at 9:35 p.m. July 8 in the 4700 block of Coventry Square; at 2:10 p.m. July 10 in the 4300 block of East Main Street; and at 11:25 a.m. July 11 in the first block of Maplewood Avenue.