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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Man trips armed suspect fleeing from the fuzz

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A word of advice to anyone contemplating a life of crime: always be aware of your surroundings. Another tidbit of life advice to any soon-to-be criminals out there: maybe try something else?

I’m sure that’s what the suspect in this video is thinking after he was arrested and taken to the Franklin County Jail where he had plenty of time to reflect on his life choices.

The suspect in the video who fell flat on his face was on the run from the cops and appeared to be carrying a weapon of some sorts. Most people, myself included, would see a situation like this arise, run inside to the nearest adult, cry (a lot), and just hope no one notices I just wet my pants. But for the man who was just standing outside of the west side Columbus Library waiting on his granddaughter, he was the slyest and coolest cat in the city.

Just wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, and BAM! How’s that brick pavement taste, my man? Here, maybe these handcuffs can help take your mind off the pain in your face…

It turns out the suspect was armed with a Glock holding 28 shots, but it didn’t do him a damn thing thanks to the help of the man outside the library. After Sir Runs-A-Lot was tripped (with the most graceful and perfectly timed trip, we may add), he dropped his weapon and was immediately cuffed and taken downtown.

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2 recent attempted abduction reports raise human trafficking concerns

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Two recent police reports have local families questioning whether they had a brush with human traffickers.

The first incident involved 18-year-old Kennedy Stokes, who said she and her cousin were approached by two men at a Walmart on November 21, reports 10TV. Stokes said the men tried talking to them several times and felt they were following them.

The next day, Strokes was experiencing car problems on her way home. She made it to the entrance of her apartment complex and got out to check under the hood. That's when a man approached and began grabbing at her.

Stokes noted he was wearing gloves and appeared to have a box cutter in his hand, reports 10TV. She was able to escape his grasp and suffered scratches on her chest.

Stokes believes it was one of the men from Walmart.

The second incident happened 14 miles away at a UDF on Indianola on the same day Stokes said she was attacked, reports 10TV.

A mother and her 12-year-old son were filling up at the gas station. She then went inside to pay, leaving her son in the locked vehicle.

When she returned, she said her son was visibly shaken up. He told her a man was yanking on the door handle, trying to get inside the vehicle. According to 10TV, the man didn't say anything, he only looked inside at the boy.

A security camera captured the incident, and police are currently reviewing the footage.

Both incidents have those involved wondering if they narrowly escaped a case of human trafficking. 10TV reports police are investigating both reports, including identification of suspects and motives.

For more on human trafficking, visit humantrafficking.ohio.gov.

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Man charged with killing wife in 13th OVI offense

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A Central Ohio man is facing vehicular homicide charges after police say he committed his 13th OVI offense.

Robert Ellis, 53, was arrested and charged Tuesday after the October 16 crash in Prairie Township that killed his wife Dawn.

Ellis claimed he was not to blame for the accident, telling reporters another car went left of center, which caused him to lose control and crash into a pole. Investigators, however, say Ellis was at fault.

The accident marked his 13th OVI offense. Ellis maintains that he was not intoxicated during the time of the crash. He even told ABC on a phone call that he had only two beers at lunch.

An arraignment had yet to be set.

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Learn more about bizarre disappearance of Brian Shaffer

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"Brian Shaffer was supposed to be enjoying a night out with friends on April 1, 2006. Instead, he vanished. 13 years later, the mystery of what happened that night still endures."

That's the description for Crime Junkie Podcast's newest episode. The installment focuses on second-year Ohio State medical student Brian Shaffer, whose disappearance has left his family, friends, and the entire community baffled for over a decade.

Listen below.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7ht38SavqfnVViI0WYyLoe

To read more about Brian Shaffer's disappearance, click here. To read different theories about what could've happened to him, check out the Podcast Junkie Fan Club page. To view Brian's MySpace, click here.

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