Suspect facing 13 charges
Debbie Milliern \ The Packet
A Southside man could face some serious jail time after he ran from police following a shootout at a popular Columbus club Sunday night. Travon Roby, 24, of 901 11th St. S., was among three men who ran from police Sunday night around midnight after the car they were travelling in was seen leaving the area of the Heidiho Lounge on 22nd Street South in Columbus. Officers were called to the scene by frightened spectators after an unidentified vehicle opened fire on a small group of people outside the club. Police, already in the area on close patrol, saw the car headed towards northside and immediately initiated pursuit. The car failed to stop and quickly went up MLK Boulevard, to Waterworks Road, before finally pulling onto Byrnes Circle, where at least one of the passengers jumped out and ran.
Roby was quickly caught by officers, but immediately began to resist. He was wrestled to the ground, where he continued to fight both officers. Eventually, an officer deployed his TASER, and Roby finally surrendered. Roby, who has a prior felony conviction on his record, was found to be in possession of a handgun- a violation of his probation. He was questioned about his involvement in the shooting, and held until Wednesday, when he was formally charged with 13 counts, including: failure to obey a police officer, resisting arrest, simple assault on a police officer, disobeying a traffic control device, no driver’s license, failure to obey a blue light, no driver’s license, DUI, disobeying a police officer, no insurance, reckless driving, simple assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon by a felon. He was issued a total bond of $10,225.
Nobody was injured in the shooting, but it was believed to be part of an ongoing violent dispute between Roby and another party.