Columbus police are investigating two gun-related incidents that allegedly occurred in the Best Buy on Manchester Expressway and the La Quinta Inn on Warm Springs Road Thursday at approximately 11:35 a.m.
In the Best Buy incident, an 18-year-old Macon resident was reportedly held at gunpoint and punched in the face inside of the retail store at 3131 Manchester Expressway, but police did not release a description of the offender.
In good condition, the teen sustained slight swelling to his upper lip but didn't seek any medical treatment following the 11:35 a.m. incident, police said.
Officials have not released any further details concerning the attack.
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A 26-year-old Suitland, Md. resident said a man armed with a pistol held him at gunpoint at 11:35 a.m. and stole $600 from him at the LaQuinta Inn. The victim was not harmed during the attack, which occurred at 2919 Warm Springs Road, police said.
Officials believe the armed robbery suspect is 6-foot-tall black man in his 20s who may be known to some as "Pierre." With a thin body and shoulder-length dreads, the alleged robber was last seen in a black 1992 Mercedes Benz with a 2015 Georgia tag that reads "PYZ7825," according to the report.
No arrests have been made in either incident.
Officials said they were called to the hotel at 2919 Warm Springs Road in reference to the armed robbery Thursday at 11:41 a.m., and the investigation into that offense led them to discover the Best Buy attack, police said.
Police haven't released details on how the two incidents are related.