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Man Attacked With BB Gun, Robbed

An alleged victim said a man with a gun tried to rob him and then struck him over the head.

According to court documents, Quinton Jerell Pittman approached a man on Sandalwood Place and Karl Road at about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.Pittman allegedly pointed a handgun at the man, struck him over the head and said, “Empty your pockets or I’ll shoot you.”

The alleged victim fled, and Pittman and another man chased him but were unable to catch him.

Pittman was arrested a short time later. The gun he had was identified as a BB gun.

Pittman was charged with robbery in connection with the incident.  SOURCE

Man Beaten With Wooden Club During Robbery

A man is charged with robbery after allegedly beating another man.

According to court documents, Anthony K. Williams and another unidentified person attacked a man around 2 a.m. on Monday near East Broad Street and Hoffman Avenue.Williams, 20, is accused of punching and kicking the man and beating him with a wooden club before robbing him.

A high bond was requested in court on Tuesday for Williams, because his permanent address is in Morgantown, W. Va.,

Williams was in Columbus staying with extended family.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for more information.  SOURCE

Safety Alert Issued For Central Ohio’s Gay Community

A safety alert issued for Central Ohio’s gay community, after two incidents of possible anti-gay violence.

The first incident happened Thursday in South Columbus, the second early Monday morning in North Columbus.

Friends of the most recent victim say he and his ex-boyfriend were walking to their separate homes, both near 5th and Indianola early Monday morning.

When one went inside, the other was jumped and beaten.

The photo is shocking.  It shows a man, his face scarred and scraped, his shirt splattered with his own blood.

His friends say in a city famous for being gay friendly, this photo is proof, hate still lives here.

Friends tell 10tv Chris Kratavil and his ex-boyfriend were walking home in the area of 5th and Indianola.

Kratavil says he and the other man were holding hands and kissed goodnight.  He says he noticed two men across the street.

He said hello to them as he crossed the street heading to his home.

As he passed, he says they jumped him, beating him in the head, dragging him face-first down concrete stairs and then kicking him repeatedly.

“It affects us. When somebody else is brutalized, we know it could have been us,” says Gloria McCauley with BRAVO, the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization.

She says the attack has alarmed many in the gay community.  “They are certain it was hate-motivated.”

It comes on the heels of another gay man being assaulted last Thursday outside the Southbend Tavern in Merion Village.

25 year old Chris Ashcraft of Northern Kentucky says he was approached outside the bar by a man who asked for help jump-starting a dead battery.

“Once I was on the ground they kicked me in the face until I was unconscious,” he said.

McCauley says the incidents are a disturbing reminder, even in the proudest of cities.

“This is our home. And we want to believe we’re safe. We don’t want to be walking in fear.”

Columbus Police are investigating both incidents.  BRAVO is warning members of the gay community to be aware of their surroundings, and to walk in groups. SOURCE

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