CINCINNATI, Ohio – Two teenagers have been apprehended by the police for their involvement in two violent assaults that occurred in downtown Cincinnati. The individuals in custody, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, are suspected of being connected to at least one of the attacks.
The first assault took place on January 23 near the intersection of E. 6th and Walnut streets. Surveillance footage captured a group attacking a man from behind, kicking him to the ground and stealing some of his belongings. The following day, another incident occurred just one block away near the intersection of E. 5th and Main streets, where a group of teens were captured on surveillance cameras attacking a 15-year-old. Fortunately, neither victim sustained life-threatening injuries.
Authorities had been seeking the two teens in connection to both assaults and subsequently took them into custody. In court, it was revealed that the man who was attacked in the first incident was walking home from work when he was assaulted, while the 16-year-old boy involved in the second incident had boarded the wrong bus before being attacked by the group of teens.
In connection to the first assault, two other individuals, 18-year-old Jadin Shaw and another 14-year-old boy, have also been arrested and charged with robbery. Both Shaw and the 14-year-old were released by a juvenile court judge with electric ankle monitors.
The Cincinnati’s FOP president and the Hamilton County prosecutor have criticized judges for their lenient policies, calling for greater accountability and consequences for those charged with violent felonies. The FOP president emphasized the importance of holding individuals accountable, especially when their crimes are captured on video.
Anyone in possession of information concerning the assaults or the individuals involved can contact CPD Det. Blank at 513-352-5442 or submit an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.