Columbus man crashes pickup after armed robber stabs him

Ben Wright

A Columbus man suffered multiple stab wounds Friday afternoon after a man riding in his pickup truck attacked him and fled with $400 on Reese Road, police said.

 The 55-year-old man was treated at Midtown Medical Center after the 3:33 p.m. attack in the 3100 block of Reese Road. He was in stable condition at the hospital and his injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening.

 The victim told police that he was leaving the Majik Market on Reese when the man approached him and asked for a cigarette. After handing the man a cigarette, the victim said the man then asked for a ride, said Police Lt. John McMichael of the Investigative Services Bureau.

 Traveling the same direction as the man, the victim said he agreed to give him a ride. He was driving down Reese Road when the passenger pulled a knife and started stabbing him while demanding money.

 The injured man slammed on his brakes and stopped in the roadway. The robber grabbed his wallet with $400, jumped out of the pickup truck and fled on foot.

 The victim continued driving on Reese Road until he blacked out. His pickup went through a fence at the Reese Road Elementary school and struck an SUV driven by a teacher. She too was taken to the hospital for treatment.

 McMichael said the armed robbery and aggravated assault remain under investigation.

 The attacker was described as black, about 40-years-old, 6 feet, 1 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He was wearing a long sleeve white camo shirt with a Navy or black skull cap.