Some students are concerned about off-campus safety after a homicide was reported near Ohio State’s campus on Sunday morning.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing near Summit Street and Northwood Avenue on Sunday at about 3 a.m., according to a Columbus Police Department media release.
They found 21-year-old John Austin Snyder “critically injured” in front of 2142 Summit St., the release stated. Snyder was transported to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, but he died at approximately 4 a.m.
Detectives arrested a suspect, 23-year-old Alexander N. Delap of East Frambes Avenue, and are in the process of executing a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. The investigation is still ongoing, according to the release.
This incident is the 12th homicide in Columbus this year.
Austin Hartman, a second-year in chemical engineering, can see the intersection of Summit Street and Northwood Avenue from his front porch. He said he was asleep when the incident occurred, but found out about it Sunday morning on Twitter.
“It’s freaky. I feel a little uncomfortable about it,” he said. “I know the area is kind of bad. It’s not the best or safest place to live, but still, it’s kind of creepy.”
Hartman said this is his first year living off campus and that he thinks the experience is noticeably different than living on campus.
“When I’m walking around at night, I never walk alone. I always tell my friends to never walk alone. I always go pick up my girlfriend if she’s out,” he said. “I guess I’ll be a little more cautious. It changes your opinion of the area a little bit.”
Harry Cekovich, a fifth-year in nutrition who has lived on Northwood for the past three years, learned about the incident late Sunday afternoon after visiting his parents in northern Ohio.
“The fact that it happened two blocks away is kind of scary,” he said.
Cekovich said, however, he hasn’t heard of anything similar occurring in the time he has lived in the area. He said it was an “excellent area,” adding that the incident doesn’t change his thoughts of the neighborhood.
“It’s calm … It’s a mellow area,” he said. “I feel like it’s just a freak thing that wouldn’t happen again.”