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Columbus crime: Homeless man arrested for aggravated assault

Columbus police have arrested a homeless man suspected of assaulting another man outside the Open Door Community Center.

James Morrison, 45, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Thursday morning, according to a Columbus police report.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly before 7 a.m. that morning at the Open Door Community Center on Second Avenue.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, told police he was standing in front of the center, "minding his business," when an unknown man approached him. The man told police the suspect began yelling and cussing at him, then shoved him, trying to start a fight.

The man waited to see if the suspect would throw a punch, police said.

When the suspect began walking away, the man turned around to read the newspaper. The man told police he was hit in the back of the head with a brick.

The suspect then ran up, shoved the man to the ground, pulled out a knife and pressed it to the man's throat. When a witness came to help the man up, the suspect fled south on Second Avenue.

The man got up and chased the suspect towards Third Avenue, then called police.

Police later spotted the suspect walking near 29th Street, identified him as Morrison and arrested him. While in police custody, Morrison made the statement, "If I get the chance, I will kill him," police said.

The man suffered a large bump on his head and a five-inch scratch on his throat. He was transported to The Medical Center for treatment.

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