Klutzy burglar goes for Darwin Award

A man found dead in a University District apartment this afternoon apparently was a burglar who broke out a window with his arm, then bled to death after he severed an artery, police said.

Columbus police were called to Apt. C at 119 Chittenden Ave. shortly before 2 p.m. by three Ohio State University roommates who had just returned back to their apartment after a long Labor Day weekend at home.

They came inside to find a man dead in the living room and blood everywhere.

“By all accounts, it looks like a burglary,” said Sgt. Steven Little of the Columbus police homicide squad. Little said it appears the man severed an artery in his arm on glass after he broke out a window in the apartment with his fist…

Police…didn’t release the names of the Ohio State students who live in the apartment. This afternoon, the three men – all seniors at Ohio State – were still talking with police behind crime tape. Little said the men had just moved into the apartment last week.

The sergeant said the burglar had attempted to stem the bleeding by wrapping paper towels from the kitchen around his arm.

Holiday weekends are always a great time to rob students. Or die trying.

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