Columbus crime: Eric Thirkield, 17, accused of robbing 11-year-old at gunpoint

A 17-year-old Columbus man faces an armed robbery charge after authorities say he robbed an 11-year-old boy of his bicycle, reports state.

Eric Thirkield, 17, is the suspect in the Saturday night robbery on Calvin Avenue, police said. According to reports, the suspect approached the boy as he was leaving his home around 8:30 p.m. The suspect pulled a black gun out of his pants, pointed it at the boy’s forehead and demanded the bicycle.

The boy was uninjured, police said.

The suspect took the Pacific Evolution bike and headed north. People spotted the suspect on the bicycle on nearby Wade Street, and officers searched the area, finding the suspect in the yard of a Wade Street home, police said.

When officers approached, the suspect told them he knew he would go to jail and that he could tell them the location of the bicycle, reports state.

The suspect was cuffed and put in a patrol car. An officer then asked the suspect to tell him where the bicycle was. He did, and the blue bike was found under a tree on Singer Drive, police report.

No weapon was found, reports state.