Columbus State officials say two people have been arrested on drug charges following university police’s response to a call about a man threatening an employee at a downtown Columbus business.
CSU got the call around 10 p.m. Tuesday about the man they believed was armed with a gun and waiting for the employee to get off work.
Authorities arrested Victor Alexander Salgado and Joshua Joel Harris, and they did not find a gun on either man. Police say neither Salgado nor Harris were students.
Officers say Harris, 20, had just bought marijuana from Salgado, 21, inside a parking garage. Police say the threatened employee and other witnesses singled out Salgado as the perceived armed man who made the threats. After searching Salgado’s vehicle, officers found nearly $3,000 in cash, suspected Alprazolam and marijuana, as well as a digital scale inside. Authorities also found brass knuckles in Salgado’s automobile.
According to police reports, Salgado tried to bribe police twice in an attempt not to go to jail. Police ultimately charged Salgado with a misdemeanor possession of a drug-related object, as well as four felony counts: terroristic threats, bribery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Harris was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
CSU Police Chief Rus Drew says he was grateful that no one was injured during the incident. In a press release, Drew said “there was a potential for violence, [but] I’m glad that our officers were able to deescalate the situation without further disruption to the campus community.”