Moment felon leaps from sixth floor balcony and breaks his leg trying to escape court after conviction for assaulting an elderly man
- Donald Mullins, 44, was at his sentencing for robbery on May 20 in Columbus
- The judge gave him four to six years and refused to allow surgery before prison
- Mullins then bolted out of the courtroom and into the foyer of the sixth floor
- He hurled himself off a glass balcony, landing on the fifth floor below
- Mullins suffered a broken nose and broken leg, and was quickly handcuffed
- He is now facing additional charges of escaping custody
- Mullins was convicted for conning and robbing an 82-year-old man of $500
- His fate was sealed by DNA evidence from Oreos he munched on the scene
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An Ohio man convicted of assaulting and robbing an 82-year-old man attempted to flee from his sentencing hearing by jumping over a balcony outside the courtroom – only to end up with a broken leg, smashed face and more prison time.
Donald Mullins, 44, was convicted thanks to DNA he left at the scene, when munching an Oreo cookie.
On May 20 he was at the Franklin County Government Center in Columbus, Ohio, for sentencing on charges of aggravated burglary, robbery and theft.
Judge Mark Serrott gave him four to six years in prison.
Mullins then asked for a few days off before going to prison to have surgery for health issues.
Donald Mullins, 44, was sentenced to between four and six years in prison on May 20 for assault and robbery of an 82-year-old man. But immediately after the judge in Columbus, Ohio, read out his sentence, Mullins bolted from the courtroom out in to the lobby
Mullins threw himself over the balcony railing of the sixth floor, and landed on the fifth floor beneath him. Shocked court officials quickly surrounded him as he tried to crawl away
The judge’s office noted that Mullins appeared feeble during the hearing, NBC reported, but Serrott denied the extension.
Mullins then managed to break free from guards and run out of the door from the courtroom.
In the corridor, he hurled himself over a sixth floor balcony, falling to the fifth floor.
An onlooker began recording the incident as sheriff’s deputies responded, and her footage showed Mullins writhing on the ground with his face covered in blood, attempting to get away despite a seeming broken leg.
Sheriffs quickly handcuffed him and called an ambulance, which was on the scene eight minutes later.
Mullins was told to remain calm by the court officers, who called an ambulance
The 44-year-old was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, and was then handed additional charges of escaping from custody
He was taken to Grant Medical Center for treatment following his failed escape.
Mullins has now been charged with an additional offence, of escaping custody.
According to the complaint, Mullins had been given money from an 82-year-old man by claiming to be his neighbor and saying he needed it to pay his electric bill.
Mullins returned two more times asking for more money, but the man refused.
In January 2020, Mullins showed up at the man’s house again with a package of Oreos.
He ate some and then asked to use the bathroom.
When he failed to return for some time, the elderly man went to look for him. On entering his bedroom, Mullins shoved the man to the floor and took $400-$500 in cash out of the man’s pocket.
DNA from the Oreo’s was used to help confirm Mullins’ identity.