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Police Arrest Mothers for Violent Robberies of OSU Students

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Two mothers face felony charges after allegedly beating and robbing three OSU students on a single night.

Devin Toles and Linda Koylu are each charged with one count of robbery, but could soon face additional charges in connection with a violent crime spree in which they allegedly targeted three students who had just moved back to campus.

Senior Leigh Zucker was attacked on Saturday night on High St. while walking to a party at approximately 10 p.m. after eating dinner with friends.

"Two different girls came up to me and started hitting me in the head," Zucker told a 911 dispatcher. "They threw me against the brick wall and took my phone and my purse."

Zucker believed it was safe to walk alone because the street was well-lit and several people were walking in the area.

Approximately 10 minutes after the attack on Zucker, police believe Toles and Koylu struck again on Indianola Ave., this time targeting two sorority sisters who were walking to their home.

The suspects stole the purse of one of those victims, and dragged the other across the street by her hair, according to investigators.

The Indianola Ave. attack was witnessed by OSU senior Tyler Link, who chased the suspects to their car, and documented the vehicle's license plate number. Police arrested the women a short time later.

"It scared me, a bunch of people are watching," Link said. "I said we have to do something about it."

A judge set bail amounts at $100,000 apiece for Toles, a mother of two, and Koylu, a mother of six.
 
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