On the evening of February 4, the Police Division hosted a Zoom safety presentation and discussion as a follow up to the recent incidents involving firearms that have occurred in Upper Arlington. Not surprisingly, these incidents are concerning for residents, with many people contacting the City for further information and tips on how to stay safe. The discussion was led by Chief Farmer, with participation from Lieutenant Messer, and officers McKean and Windham.
They provided an overview of the incidents that have occurred, and an update of the ongoing investigations:
- A January 14 robbery from a female jogger in the area of Waltham and Andover roads
- A January 19 attempted robbery from a female juvenile in the area of Suffolk and Coventry roads
- A January 23 shooting into a home on Berkshire Road
The panel provided insight on crime trends for Upper Arlington and the surrounding area. They discussed various safety tips and considerations for residents – including youth – when out walking, traveling to work or school, or conducting other daily routines. As part of this, they also provided advice about unusual behavior patterns worthy of a call to police, and discussed how officers typically respond to determine if a situation is of genuine concern. They also discussed their processes for notifying the community when incidents do occur, both in the short term and in the following days, and shared details of the safety tools available to residents.
The discussion topics were developed in response to questions submitted by residents in advance of the meeting. Residents attending the meeting were able to post questions or comments in the Zoom Chat Box function while the presentation was underway, with some of those questions discussed at various points in the meeting.
Update on Berkshire Road Shooting Incident
February 3, 2021
The Upper Arlington Police Division continues to investigate a shooting incident that occurred on the evening of Saturday, January 23, 2021. At approximately 8 pm, officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Berkshire Road on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found that gunshots had been fired into a home. No one was hurt in the incident, and no suspects were present when police arrived.
The division is seeking assistance in its investigation. Police would like to speak with anyone who was walking or driving in the area of Berkshire, Cardiff Woods Park, Harford Road, or Brandon Road between the hours of 7:45 pm and 8:30 pm. Specifically, police are looking to speak with the driver of an SUV that was traveling northbound on Harford Road at approximately 7:45pm, who then turned westbound onto Berkshire Road at the time of the incident. This vehicle and its occupants are not considered suspects.
Any persons who might have information relevant to the case, are asked to contact Detective Matt Smith at 614-583-5175.
Crime Stoppers Midweek Special Notice
Crime Stoppers is featuring this incident as its Midweek Special and is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading their new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms (they no longer take tips via text message).
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., P.O. Box 16038, Columbus, OH 43216-6038.