Three teenagers aged 16 years old hunted victims in downtown Cincinnati. They were caught on tape and it clearly shows that they were all black teenagers. I also believe all the victims were white. Did they target based on race? The police do not say. In fact, the media reports do not say anything about the races of the perpetrators nor the victims.
Here are the booking photos of the suspects.
Cincinnati Police have now arrested three teenagers for those beatings and robberies. And, one of the victims in those attacks is talking about what happened.
Local 12’s Curtis Jackson spoke with him on Tuesday night.
Police say the teens essentially hunted their victims. One says the suspects were passengers on his bus when they targeted him. "They didn’t ask me for anything."
This attack sparks fear and anger in the minds of most who watch it, but the victim who was helpless to stop it had a different reaction. "It was like very overwhelming, calm, and peaceful for me. But when I go back and look at it I’m like why was I not fearful of this. They could have seriously hurt me or killed me."
Chad Laumann was beaten and robbed on East Fourth Street last month while on his way to work. Though outnumbered, the 23 year-old says he outsmarted his attackers by intentionally staying in view of the surveillance camera. "So as they’re attacking you, you tell them there’s a camera. Yes, I tell them there’s cameras. And what did they say? They didn’t say anything. They just took off running."
Cincinnati Police had downtown officers watch the video in hopes of identifying the suspects. Police say a bicycle cop recognized one of them. Turns out, the three suspects, all 16 years-old, are resides of Kelly Youth Services, a group home. On the night they attacked Laumann, they had received a pass for good behavior.
Police believe the teens are behind a series of attacks in which they targeted and stalked their victims. They were riding on the same bus as Chad and followed him to the next stop. "I’m very happy and excited now that they’ve been caught because now that means that they can’t hurt anybody else"