Columbus teen beaten, robbed by former associates with whom he dealt drugs

Columbus police have two suspects in a weekend altercation in which an 18-year-old was beaten and robbed by young men with whom he used to associate.

The victim told officers he knew two of the three youths who jumped him Sunday, kicking and punching him and taking $10 from his pocket. The 18-year-old said he used to hang out with them, selling marijuana and cocaine. The victim's mother said the suspects were angry at her because she no longer would let her son associate with them.

In a gold Chevy Impala with tinted windows and an Alabama tag, the three pulled into the 3208 Fourth Ave. apartment complex where the teen and his mother live about 3:30 p.m. Sunday and got into an argument with the young man, which escalated into the attack and robbery, police said.

Officers went in search of two suspects, ages 22 and 28, but were unable to locate them Sunday. Police planned to obtain warrants charging them with robbery and battery. The third assailant remained unidentified.

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