Friday, April 09, 1999

Detective, son deny post-brawl charges

Cop allegedly hid gun that was fired

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — A Fort Thomas police detective and his son entered not guilty pleas Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to felony charges that stemmed from a fight at a Newport bar.

        Detective Foy V. Razor, 48, was arraigned on charges of tampering with physical evidence — a felony — fleeing or evading police, and assault, both misdemeanors.

        If the 13-year-veteran of the Fort Thomas department is convicted of the tampering charge, he could face up to five years in prison.

        The detective's son, Bryan Todd Razor, 26, was arraigned on a wanton endangerment charge, a felony.

        He also could face one to five years in prison if convicted.

        The incident started in the early morning of Jan. 10, when Newport police responded to a shooting at Captain's Cove Lounge, Fifth and Monmouth streets.

        Witnesses say a fight broke out in the lounge involving Bryan Razor, and later moved to the sidewalk outside.

        The younger Razor is accused of shooting a gun into the air at least once. Witnesses have told police that Detective Razor then grabbed his son's arm, took the gun, and put it in the trunk of his unmarked police car before driving away with his son.

        When police determined the shooter was Bryan Razor, they pursued the detective and his son.

        Investigators say Detective Razor tried to impair an investigation by Newport police when he told them there were no guns in his car. Minutes later, police found at least two in his trunk.

        Detective Razor has been suspended from the police department without pay and faces administrative charges.

        Special Prosecuting Attorney Ray Larson of Fayette County has said that the detective was experienced enough to know that his statement would be taken as an impairment to an investigation — the same as leaving the scene and leading police on a pursuit.

        However, defense attorney Mott Plummer has said his client might not have been including the trunk when he said there were no guns in the car.

        Both father and son are due to appear in court again April 22 for a pretrial conference.


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