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Physical altercation ends in felony charge

Russells Point Police levied a felonious assault charge against a Columbus man following a lengthy investigation into a physical altercation at 160 Burkhart Ave. just after 3 a.m. Friday.

Carey Roy


Officers were dispatched to Apt. A at that address in response to what the caller described as a “violent” domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police found a large amount of blood and Jacob Johnston, 20, of the home, with a laceration to the forehead and a broken jaw.

Mr. Johnston was transported by Indian Lake squad to Mary Rutan Hospital and then transferred to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus for treatment.

After a lengthy investigation, officers learned Mr. Johnston was accused by neighbors of stealing, and a verbal altercation turned violent in his home. He was struck with a beer bottle, which caused a large laceration, and then was punched in the face, breaking his jaw.

The primary aggressor, Roy S. Carey, 27, of Columbus, admitted to striking Mr. Johnston in self-defense, but other witnesses described the violent assault continuing even after the victim attempted to barricade himself into a bathroom after being struck by the bottle.

Mr. Carey was charged with felonious assault and lodged at the Logan County Jail.

Another suspect in the case, Diedra Mallow, 30, of 160 Burkhart, Apt. C, was charged with assault after allegedly pushing and attacking Shannon Cotterman, of 160 Burkhart Avenue, Apt. A, who reportedly stood in front of the door to the bathroom where Mr. Johnston attempted to barricade himself.

Ms. Mallow was issued a summons to appear at the Bellefontaine Municipal Court for assault.


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