A Columbus teen is accused of firing a gun at a would-be robbery victim during a Friday incident at Avalon Apartments, police said.
Officers responded around 4 p.m. to a report of shots being fired at the Cusseta Road apartment complex. When they arrived, they spoke with a 25-year-old man who said the suspect tried to rob him as he walked near one of the apartment buildings.
According to police, the suspect pointed a .38-caliber silver revolver at the man and said “Give it up” before firing the gun twice, missing. The older man grabbed the suspect’s gun and began fighting, leading to another shot being fired. The pair fell to the ground and a fourth shot was fired during the struggle.
A witness told police the same story, reports state.
The suspect, identified by police as Nicholas Gates, 19, told officers that he quit his job because his mother told him he wasn’t making enough money. Gates said he went to the apartments in an attempt to rob someone, and that he chose the 25-year old because he knew he had cash, police said.
Officers recovered the gun and discovered it was stolen, reports state.
Gates is charged with attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft by receiving stolen property.