Columbus Man Arrested after Stealing Money from Register and Knocking Elderly Woman to Ground

(COLUMBUS) – A Columbus man was arrested Friday after he reportedly stole money out of the cash register at Sirloin Stockade and knocked an elderly customer to the ground while fleeing the restaurant.

Justin James

According to Columbus Police, 29-year-old Justin James, of Columbus, approached a cashier and asked for change. A short time later, police say he reached into the register and took an undisclosed amount of currency.

While fleeing the restaurant, James knocked an 87-year-old woman to the ground. The woman suffered a facial laceration, injured her wrist, and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment.

On Friday evening, officers from the Columbus Police Department’s Intelligence Led Policing Unit found James inside of a vehicle. With the assistance of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle was stopped in the 200 block of Chestnut Street.

James was arrested without incident on charges of strong-arm robbery, two counts of battery, and two Bartholomew County arrest warrants.