Over the course of the three-day Taste of Cincinnati food festival, mobs of teens reportedly descended on the event and terrorized and attacked countless visitors.
One victim said “they jumped me and beat the hell out of me, 12-15 of them picking people off.”
Scottie Hunter says he and his friend were attacked. Prior to the attack, one of the teens yelled “why are you white people in our neighborhood? Who do you think you are?”
At least five assaults were reported involving teenagers at the event and 11 calls were made to police over disorderly conduct.
Mayor John Cranley said “crime is down, overall it was a great event, but if you’re a victim it doesn’t mean a lot that everyone else had a good time.”
David Manz would agree. Waiting for a bus to get to work, he was kicked and stomped by a group of teens, suffering broken ribs and multiple cuts and bruises.
Cranley said “I asked today that the police chief go to the law and public safety meeting and make sure we have a strategy for the next major event downtown.”
Jonathan Deters and Allison Crable, both 23, said they were attacked and punched and had to be treated at the hospital. Deters is the son of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.
Another two men said they were attacked and robbed near the event.
Other calls were put in to the police over teens throwing rocks.
In separate incidents, two shootings occurred near the event as well. In one case, Ahamed Ould Sidi had to be taken to the hospital after being shot just three blocks away. Police arrested 22-year-old Patrick Ewing for that incident.
Another man, 22-year-old Davon Sullivan, was struck by a bullet fragment in the chest but reportedly did not require medical attention.