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Chaotic night downtown leads to arrest

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A Brown County man was arrested after causing a ruckus at three downtown Columbus nightspots, including pulling a knife on a stranger and breaking a restaurant’s front window, police said.

Robert S. Reed, 34, of 2845 Whitehorse Road, Nashville, was arrested on charges of intimidation with the use of deadly force, criminal mischief and public intoxication early Sunday morning, according to a jail booking report.

Police believe Reed caused his first public disturbance at 4th Street Bar and Grill, 433 Fourth St., Saturday night, said Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers. After he was kicked out, Reed walked a few blocks west to The Garage restaurant, 308 Fourth St.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, a customer inside the Garage was talking to a girl when a stranger in a green jumpsuit approached him and began pushing a knife against the customer’s chest, Myers said. Managers responded by throwing Reed out of the restaurant and refusing his demands to be readmitted, Myers said. While the customer was not injured, police were called to the scene and talked to witnesses, who last saw Reed walking north on Washington Street, Myers said.

While officers were looking for a man with the knife, another incident was reported at 12:23 a.m. Sunday at ZwanzigZ Pizza, 1038 Lafayette Ave., Myers said. Two men at that location, including an employee and a man outside in his van, had been threatened by a man in a green jumpsuit who had also smashed the front window of the pizza place, Myers said.

But luckily for investigators, surveillance video captured the image of Reed, who had attempted to flee on foot again, Myers said.

Reed was taken into custody a few minutes later two blocks away at the Marathon convenience store at 11th and Washington streets, Myers said.

Reed had a blood-alcohol level of .206 percent when he was tested immediately after his arrest — almost three times the legal limit for driving in Indiana.

Reed was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 2:51 a.m. Sunday. As of Monday afternoon, he was still behind bars in lieu of a $32,000 bond.

Formal charges against Reed, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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