CSU Police Quickly Arrest Man in Connection With Monday Morning Incident

Columbus State University Police arrested a 54-year-old Columbus man soon after a reported robbery occurred Monday morning in Uptown Columbus.

Johnie W. Jones, of Adair Ave. in Columbus has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, armed robbery and criminal trespass.

According to reports, a CSU officer heard a disturbance in the Front Avenue Parking garage about 7:30 a.m. Monday before locating a woman who said she had just been confronted by a man with a knife.

University Police reviewed surveillance footage from cameras in the garage and were able to quickly provide a description of the suspect. Within minutes, another CSU police officer spotted a man nearby matching the description and made the arrest about 8:45 am.

Neither the victim nor the accused are CSU students or employees. The victim was treated and released.

“This is an example of some great police work by our team,” said CSU Police Chief Mark Lott. “As usual, we had great assistance from Columbus Police and other local emergency officials.”