Beaten merchants catch alleged robber

Two Columbus restaurant owners ended up in the hospital after a man tried to rob their business with a wrench.

A little after 8 p.m. Friday, Nicholas Schaaf, 24, walked into Mongolian BBQ, 6381 Milgen Road, and placed an order.

Police said after the cashier announced his total, Schaaf pulled out a wrench, 12 to 14 inches long, and demanded money.

That’s when owner Chang Chong, 49, went to help the cashier and a fight broke out, said Police Sgt. Frank Massa.

Chong and his wife, Julie, 47, were struck in the head and face several times. The two were able to detain Schaaf until police arrived.

All three were brought to The Medical Center and treated for their injuries, Massa said. The Chongs were released.

Schaaf of Box Springs was charged with criminal attempt armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. At his Recorder’s Court hearing Saturday afternoon, the judge set his bond at $25,000 for each charge — $75,000 in total. His case was bound over to Muscogee Superior Court.