Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BREAKING: FTPD Investigating String of Assaults



by PAT LaFLEUR
Police Reporter, Fort Thomas Matters

Fort Thomas Police are investigating three possibly connected assaults that occurred in Fort Thomas on Sunday afternoon, FTPD Chief Mike Daly reported at Monday night's City Council meeting.


Fort Thomas Police responded to three incidents on Sunday afternoon between the hours of 3:00-5:00 p.m. As many as five juveniles -- three male and two female -- have been described in relation to one or more of the incidents. 

The likely first incident, according to Officer Derek Faught, involved a man and his teenage son, running southbound on S. Ft. Thomas Ave. They encountered the group of juveniles near the intersection of S. Ft. Thomas Ave. and Grand Ave., where one of the attackers struck the boy in the face.  

What police believe to be the second incident occurred on the Highland Ave. overpass, involving a woman also out jogging. Police report that one of the assailants began harassing the woman, making sexually suggestive gestures. A passerby in his vehicle stopped to defend the woman, but was also struck in the face.

The third incident occurred on Alexandria Pike between St. Therese Church and Mr. Car Wash in Southgate, where reportedly three juveniles approached a man on the sidewalk and stole his cell phone. No property was stolen during the other two incidents.

Police are still piecing together the exact order of events. Police also confirm that descriptions match among assailants involved in each incident, and they are currently investigating leads to identify possible suspects.

"For us, this is unacceptable. Our police department will not put up with it," Chief Daly said.

Daly also reports that FTPD has a great working relationship with the Southgate Police Department, and will work with them to investigate these assaults.

No other information is available at this time. FTM will follow up with this story as it develops.

25 comments:

Angelo Iacono said...

I can't believe this, stuff like this doesn't happen in Fort Thomas...I feel we have taken this stance too long in the Fort.

Neal Hutchinson said...

What is their description?

pat laFleur said...

Unfortunately, the police could only describe them as juveniles, white, wearing hoodies. The hoodies no doubt hid many of their other identifying features, even including a specific age range.

Tricia said...

Were the victims struck with an object or bare hands ?

pat laFleur said...

All of the striking was punching with a bare fist.

Anonymous said...

Seriously what the hell is going on in Ft Thomas this past year. I lived there about 20 yrs and never had a problem. Other than the police pulling me over at 5 am asking what I was doing out at the time of the morning. Since I don't drink and he never cited any broken traffic laws, only asked for driver's license. The office did inform me only two types of people out at that time of the morning, and that is the crooks and the cops. LOL I can assure you I am no crook and at the time was a chubby middle aged woman. Back then a group of kids couldn't stand in front of a business very long that the police wasn't stopping to move them along. Keeping tabs like they use to helped make the city safe. I was thinking about moving back in a year but with the break in, graffiti writing, and now assaults it sounds like anywhere else.

Anonymous said...

I guess it's time to start taking our town back.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should go check that crap hole Govt Housing on intersection of Grand and S. Fort Thomas Ave. They need to level that dump and put basketball courts up there or something to keep kids out of trouble.


To the lady above, I wouldnt trade Fort Thomas for any other place. I lived in Independence for a bit before coming back home and trust me its worse other places, way worse. I moved so my child could be safe and go to the best possible schools.

Anonymous said...

There are only a hand full of thugs who hang out on the streets of Ft.Thomas. The police I am sure know who they are. Kid's do not hang out at stores,corners or parks just for the fun of it.

Anonymous said...

I guess it's time to take our town back? What are we in the wild west? Let me enlighten people to the fact that these types of things have been going on in Ft. Thomas for as long as I can remember. The biggest difference now? The fact that there is instant media coverage (a la FTM) that did not exist when I was in school 10+ years ago that makes it more widely known and readily available.

Everybody needs to calm down. This is still the best city in the county, if not all of Northern Kentucky to live in. The police are fantastic at their jobs and they will snuff these things out.

Anonymous said...

The mess and generally poor appearance at the clock tower in town is a good starting point. Destruction of propertry, garbage, cigarette butts??? Enough already. We stopped taking our kids up there because of this. PLEASE lets not tollerate this as a community. I know the convient store clerks will appreciate not having these kids simply loitering in front of his store.

Anonymous said...

That has been going on since at least 1995. Juveniles have always hung out around that area and have been up to no good. I'm not saying they should have been, but it has been going on for a long time.

When the property owners install tables for the High School kids to eat lunch at, it only makes it more appealing/inviting for all times of day. If the property owners do not want them there, they should run them off or call the police to do it for them.

How about the parents of some of these children do their job?

Anonymous said...

They need to investigate all the rich subdivisions that usually produce punks like this.

Anonymous said...

Well hopefully not "snuff". Let's go with sort :)

CmbtEngr said...

As a graduate of HHS (1998), I can tell you this for certain...hanging out at Lumley & N. Ft Thomas - that was the only thing to do in town. Seems like it still is. I worked at that AmeriStop and then for Bernie after I graduated...calling the police only resulted in them scattering for a few minutes. Then they were back. I had a friend stabbed in the throat in front of that store, but it never made it out of Ft. Thomas. The problem is this, the 'bubble' of Ft Thomas has been broken; everyone thinks that the city is protected by its legacy. It's not. The community is to blame as much as the parents are. Money isn't going to hide these problems anymore.

Anonymous said...

I forgot about the stabbing. What about the big drug bust that occured.....point is that these negative kind of things have always happened in Ft. Thomas but apparently nobody started to raise a fuss about it until now. Why is that?

Mark Collier said...

Nobody is starting a fuss. We are exercising our first amendment right for the betterment of our city and to inform the public about what's happening in our city.

I don't see how that can be a bad thing. Would you rather us play the status quo game of old Fort Thomas and sweep it under the rug?

That era is long gone and that is a very good thing.

CmbtEngr said...

I can't help but wonder if the era really is long gone. It seems these same complaints and issues occurred 20 years ago.

If people are indeed outraged, then why aren't there more people doing something about it? Organize a Neighborhood Watch, have groups of adults out walking together at night to discourage bad behavior and encourage community involvement. Be proactive as a society instead of reactive on a message board.

Police respond to crime, communities respond to people.

Anonymous said...

And when this stuff is still happening in another 20 years.......

Anonymous said...

That would require people to get up and actually get involved and do/care about something instead of just talking about it reactively on a message board and pretending that this is a "new Ft. Thomas".

You can bet that the community will still not do anything about these issues. They will linger, just like they always have.

This is still a great city to live in because believe me, it is MUCH worse elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

I graduated from HHS in '97 and this kind of stuff has been going on for a long time! Just like the above comment, i knew the kid who was stabbed. I also knew the friend of my sister who was beaten half to death outside of the school. And i knew the young woman who murdered for her car. I could name a lot of these instances. Social and public media do make it more known now but it has always been there and, in most cases, was committed by other teenagers in neighboring cities. Its sad but these are the times we are living in. The fact that it doesnt happen more often is what makes Ft. Thomas safer to live than other cities. Ft. Thomas is a great city to live in and i plan on raising my kids there but people need to open their eyes to REALITY! Dont blame FTM for doing their jobs and making the community aware. Dont blame "the projects" on S. Grand. Dont blame businesses. Dont blame the students hanging out being kids. Dont blame the police. There is nobody to blame except the idiots who commit these crimes, the parents who failed to raise their children and the society that we have become, as a nation, where violence is accepted and the norm

Anonymous said...

The people who are claiming that this has been going on forever are either too young or too uninformed to know better. This kind of juvenile and adult crime was once unheard of in Ft. Thomas. And if not unheard of, it was exceedingly rare. Now, sadly, it is becoming commonplace, and people are just accepting it.

I agree with those who say we need to commit to action. As citizens of this city, we need to work together -- alongside our police force -- to take back our town.

Realistically, it is too late to put the genie back into the bottle, but that doesn't mean we have to just lie down and let little delinquents and grown up criminals have free reign in our city.

Rick Jamie said...

I for one would be happy to volunteer for a neighborhood watch..... as long as it is like the movie! Seriousally though, I would happily donate my time to a citizens watch group!

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it 2 of the girls are Highland high school students? You can bet your (butt) it will be kept hush hush. Why? Because someone at the police department will know the mother,father, brother, grandparents or something and they will do nothing but say don't do it again. However rumor also has it the 3 boys are from good ole Newport and you can bet your (butt) they will be punished fully. Oh the Ft.thomas kid's already said sorry. Really ? With something like this that is not good enough. Be sorry as your (butt) sits in jail. I as a tax paying citizen am so tired of all the kid's running a much in this city. Police need to step up the game and get off your (butt) and do something. Why continue to wait for the next ball to fall? What's next for these children who run wild and have no adult supervision.

Mark Collier said...

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