Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dine and dash suspect turns himself in

Ok, so this is still unfolding, but a man ran over three people who tried to stop him from leaving without paying.

The initial crime was rare enough: Fleeing a Short North restaurant without paying.

But then the man did something violent, Columbus police say: He intentionally backed his sport-utility vehicle over two people and hit a third who had chased him into the Haiku parking lot Thursday night.Late last night, police charged Michael A. Rose, 43, of 2348 Graydon Blvd. on the Northwest Side with four counts of felonious assault and sent alerts to officers in the Cleveland area, where they think Rose might be heading. Police were asking Rose to turn himself in.

Detective Aaron Mall said earlier yesterday that police had recovered the vehicle used as a weapon. Mall would not say where the SUV was found.

Meanwhile, two of the victims remained hospitalized, one in critical condition. Business owners in the dining and shopping district just north of Downtown are stunned.

The restaurant in question is Haiku, a decent sushi place in the short north area of Columbus.

Apparently the suspect, Michael A. Rose, has turned himself in:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The man who police said intentionally backed his sport-utility vehicle over two people and struck a third after he fled a restaurant without paying turned himself in on Saturday afternoon.

Michael A. Rose was charged with four counts of felonious assault after the Thursday night incident, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported.

Rose, 43, turned himself in at about 2 p.m., 10TV News reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Mall in the Assault Squad at (614) 645-4189.

There's also a web site taking donations for the victims medical bills. While I don't know any of the victims, since they worked in the restaurant I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have health insurance.

Note: I probably don't have to say this, but I'm in no way associated with the Haiku Help site.

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