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Friday, June 14, 2019

'Drug Deal Gone' Wrong Lands Five in Jail

Five Campbell County men are in jail after a drug deal and countywide chase ended in Fort Thomas, with attempted robbery, burglary and assault charges being placed on the suspects. Police are characterizing the incident as a "drug deal gone wrong."

Jacob Frisch (18, Alexandria), Thomas Ritchie (19, Alexandria), Paul Jones (20, Highland Heights), Kizar Stanton (20, Alexandria) and Jakeb Stanton (18, Alexandria), were arrested and charged with attempted robbery and burglary in the first degree. Additionally, Jones and Ritchie were charged with assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief.

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Police say that they were charged after Matt Cummins (19, Fort Thomas) drove to Alexandria to sell drugs and upon arriving there, the five men were waiting on him to rob him.

"When he figured out that he was being set up for the robbery he got in his car and fled back to his home in Fort Thomas, with the five men chasing him," said  the arresting officer, Detective Derek Faught.

Cummins was charged with possession of a forged instrument and possession of a controlled substance.

He said the chase started in Alexandria and ended in Fort Thomas, where the man ran into his home on Burney Lane. "The men continued to pursue him, kicking in his door and ultimately assaulting him at his property," said Faught.

Then, according to Faught, they got back in their car and fled.

Fort Thomas Police received a call at 11:00 p.m. from the man's parents, who he shares a home with, that gave a description of the alleged suspects and the vehicle.

"Third shift located the car near the armory on S. Fort Thomas Avenue and was able to locate the suspects quickly," said Faught. "This was not a random incident. These men had history due to past situations and we believe it stemmed from a drug deal gone wrong. They believe he owed them money and we believe they set up this drug deal in Alexandria to settle it."

Faught said that no weapons were used and the men who were arrested are being held without bond. The charges are class B felonies, which can carry a sentence of 10-20 years.

The investigation is ongoing.

This story may be updated.

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