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Teens Targeting Latinos In East Price Hill For 'Sport,' Police Say

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Ann Thompson
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WVXU
This intersection, Warsaw and Elberon, is one of the most violent in Price Hill, according to police. Hispanics are being targered in the area of Warsaw and St. Lawrence, only a few block away.

Three 13-year-olds are under arrest and Cincinnati Police are looking for more after a series of attacks on Latinos in East Price Hill.

District 3 Commander Paul Broxterman says police have had a hard time piecing together all the details of the robberies and assaults in the area of Warsaw Ave and St. Lawrence because Latinos are hesitant to report crime. There's also a language barrier, he says.

"The offenses are mainly strong-arm robberies and assaults where they'll find their victim, come up from behind and attack them by force," he says.

Broxterman says the teens are taking money, assaulting victims and running away for no apparent reason. "These individuals are just doing it for sport. You know, there's no rhyme or reason why they're doing it. They're getting very little property from what I understand."

Police arrested three and charged them with robbery and assault. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office may charge them with a hate crime.

Officers ask anyone who may have more information to contact them.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.