A walk through "the cut" between Mellon Street and Andrews Road led one victim directly to his armed robber, according to a Columbus police report.
At about 7 p.m. Thursday, an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Mellon Street where he met with the victim, who advised the officer that he had been robbed that morning.
According to the report, the victim said he was walking through "the cut" (a cut-through) between Mellon Street and Andrews Road near Andrews Court Apartments at about 9 a.m. when a black male approached him and drew a firearm, pointing it at the victim's face and saying, "Give it up."
The suspect allegedly reached into the victim's pockets and took $230 in cash and a Zekai Tablet valued at $180.
The robber — described as around 5'7", with a medium afro and wearing blue shirt and blue jeans — then ran away.
The victim told police that he was encouraged to report the robbery by family members; he said he has never dealt with police before and so had not thought to call them.
The victim said he would be able to identify the alleged robber if he saw him again. The case remains under investigation.