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Multiple attacks reported downtown by groups of teens
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Cincinnati police are trying to identify suspects and possible witnesses from at least two assaults in or near downtown.
The aftermath of one of them was recorded by a Metro bus camera. Local 12's Brad Underwood has the video you will see only on Local 12 News. At least two of the attacks appear to be just beatings. Nothing was stolen and apparently the assaults were unprovoked.
In downtown and Over-The-Rhine, some people heard about the violence but say while it's concerning, they'll continue to come down to have a good time.
In the video only on Local 12 you can somewhat see Jon Deters try to get up after being punched out by a group of teenagers. Deters was trying to help his younger sister pull out of a parking lot early Sunday morning. Police believe some of the teens in the video may be running away after the attack, while others witnessed the beating waiting for a bus.
Joe Springelmeyer works at Article, a mens apparel store at the corner of 12th and Vine. Springelmeyer says while there has been a lot of positive things happen around OTR the past few years, he still hears people talk of the old OTR.
He tells Brad Underwood, "I feel a lot of people have that stigma of OTR, they always question, why are down in Over-The-Rhine? What are you doing down there? There's nothing good down there. There's no good business down there."
Rebecca Kling lives in Chicago but is in town for the Fringe Festival, "Knowing that that happened I will be more conscience of my surroundings, maybe wanting to walk with people and not only between venues, but it's not going to keep me away from the festival. "
Kling says ultimately she won't be able to stop someone else's actions. For Springlemeyer, he believes this past weekends attacks are isolated and he'll continue to tell people to visit Over-The-Rhine.
As a result of the attack, Deters has a concussion among other injuries, his girlfriend was also injured. One of the other attacks from Sunday night happened near another bus stop near the courthouse. The victim says he was attacked by a large group of teens who punched him and then stomped him, breaking his ribs. Police are comparing videos of the different assaults to see if the same faces show up.
Police want to talk with anyone who may have seen the assault take place. If you recognize anyone in the video, call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
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