COLUMBUS (WSYX/WTTE) — A Northeast Columbus man says a nicotine fix is all it took to slow a pair of suspected burglars down in order for police to arrest them.
28-year old Zaki Mohamad says it started just after 6AM Sunday when two men began banging on the front door of his 92-year old grandfather’s Agler Road apartment.
Mohamad says he bolted into a backroom and called 911.
He says when he walked back into the living room, the suspects had busted in and were hitting Jama Egal as he fell to the floor.
“I was telling them, get off my grandpa, get off my grandpa then they had him on the ground.” Mohamad says.
He says as he got the pair to stop just long enough for them to ask a question that caught him off guard.
“They were looking for a cigarette, they said they needed a cigarette,” he added.
He gave the pair the cigarettes, and invited them to stay and smoke inside the apartment to stall as Columbus police made their way toward the complex.
Moments later, he says they bolted out the front door to a nearby car as officers pulled in.
Columbus Police say, 27-year old Omar Guled and 21-year old Said Ali Muse were arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
Mohamad’s grandfather says he’s lived in his home 11 years, and never experienced such a terrorizing ordeal.
“I didn’t deserve this, what these guys did to me,” said Jama Egal.
Columbus police say the suspects are no strangers.
They say Guled already had 18 booking photos on file for charges including kidnapping, possession of deadly weapons and robbery.
An Ohio Criminal History Report search shows Muse had been arrested on various charges including aggravated menacing, theft and drug abuse.
Both suspects remain in the Franklin County Jail awaiting a May tenth preliminary hearing on aggravated burglary charges.