Two local Chinese restaurants were robbed within about 90 minutes Christmas Eve, Columbus police reported today.
The first was the China Cafe at 4231 Macon Road, where two men wearing black masks and black gloves entered about 9 p.m. and demanded cash. One used a pistol to smack in the face a woman working there, said police Lt. Lynn Joiner. He said the worker's injury was not serious enough to require treatment at a hospital.
The robbers reportedly fled in a four-door, silver vehicle, Joiner said.
At 10:36 p.m., three armed men entered the Lucky Dragon at 5120 Warm Springs Road, Suite F, and threatened to shoot one of the workers. They took money and ran.
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Authorities who lately have been loaded with homicide investigations said these robberies were the most serious incidents reported so far over the holiday, though police overnight were kept busy with brawls and domestic disputes.
At 3:45 a.m. today, officers were called to The Medical Center, where a 43-year-old woman who lives on Benning Drive was being treated for a 3-inch cut to the right side of her neck. She told police that between 2 and 3 a.m., she had an argument with her live-in boyfriend, who pulled a knife on her.
At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were summoned to a house on Thomas Street, where an 18-year-old woman reported that during an argument with her 50-year-old father an hour earlier, the man pushed her to the floor and choked her, with both his hands on her neck. He was charged with simple battery and cruelty to children, police said.