Two men impersonating police officers raided a Columbus communal home and robbed its occupants late Friday, police say.
Police were called around 11:30 p.m. to a Mallory Drive home, where they found Kenya Jackson, 30, being held by several men.
The victims told police Jackson and another man had entered their home and identified themselves as police officers. Police Lt. Charles Kennedy described the residence as a sort of "community home" owned by a local business owner with different parts of the house leased by three of the owner's Hispanic employees. Kennedy said there were "several" more people in the house at the time of the incident.
"These individuals thought they were being raided by the police," Kennedy said.
Police said the two intruders pulled occupants out of their rooms, patted them down and took their money. The suspects, who were dressed in casual clothes and armed with handguns, took a laptop computer as well.
"They took them to be who they were until things started to look odd," Kennedy said.
When the two "officers" started to leave, the tenants began asking who they were and demanding identification. That’s when the suspects made a run for it.
The victims were able to tackle Jackson and hold him until police arrived. The other man escaped with their money and laptop.
Jackson was arrested and charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of burglary, three counts of impersonating an officer and three counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. Although there were more than three people in the house at the time, Kennedy said the charges stem from there being three people's names on the rental lease.
Jackson appeared in Columbus Recorders Court Saturday and his case was bound over to Superior Court. The Columbus man is in jail with a $30,000 bond.
Police were working on issuing a warrant for the other robber’s arrest Saturday afternoon. Kennedy said they already have several good leads.
"We feel confident we’ll make an arrest on the second person," he said.