Columbus crime: Suspect fires gun, flees after attempt to rob Mark’s City Grill

A suspect in a late Saturday robbery fired his gun as employees of Mark’s City Grill overpowered him, leading the man to flee, police said.

No one was hurt in the robbery at the 7160 Moon Road business around 11:30 p.m., said Sgt. Matt Blackstock.

The suspect approached employees as they left the restaurant and ordered them back inside. Once inside the business, the suspect then told them to put their belongings on the bar counter, the sergeant said.

“One of the employees started resisting,” Blackstock added. “A fight broke out between him and one employee, and the suspect ran.”

As he fled, he fired a shot. No one was hit, Blackstock said.

Patrol officers found the suspect hiding in the area when they responded to the restaurant. Deron Thomas, 39, was taken into custody and charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count each of aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Blackstock said.

Thomas’ Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday.