Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Call for peace in Millvale

Residents meet after couple beaten, robbed

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Millvale residents, scared and angry after three teens brutally robbed and beat the owners of a neighborhood market, gathered Tuesday to discuss how to curb violent crimes in their community.

        “I'm a parent of five, and I see all of this gang activity among our teens,” said Tracy Morris, 33, of Millvale. “How did this happen? Are there really gangs, or are they gang wanna-bes?”

        Ms. Morris spoke at a meeting of the Millvale Residents and Community Council, which was attended by about 30 residents.

        No one representing the Cincinnati police attended, angering some residents. It was unclear whether organizers had invited police. Police officials could not be reached for comment.

        “Someone in this room has to take on the leadership in bringing back a peace to our neighborhood,” said Theresa Shook, a nursing supervisor who has worked at the community center for 11 years.

        Representatives of the Tri-State Regional Community Policing Institute did attend the meeting. The federally funded group offered to train residents to organize “safe houses” and neighborhood watch programs.

        “I would be willing to bet when these three guys are apprehended it will be found that every one of them has a long criminal history in juvenile court,” said Bob Mlinar, 54, of North Avondale. “The question is why hasn't the justice system dealt with them before now.”

        Mr. Mlinar said he attended because he owns two drive-through carryout shops in other neighborhoods that have been repeated targets of robbers in years past.

        On Sunday evening, three masked robbers attacked Randy Kim, 60, and his wife, Mija Kim, 55, with a baseball bat and a gun at Beek man Carry Out, 3297 Beekman St. Police said this isn't the first time the couple had been robbed.

        The Kims, released from the hospital and back working in their store, declined to be interviewed. The couple didn't attend Tuesday's meeting. They did have one of their clerks deliver pop to everyone at the meeting.

        Mr. Kim was beaten with a baseball bat, and his wife was shot in the arm and pistol-whipped. Police said they were treated for their injuries at a hospital and returned to wait on customers Monday morning.

        “I'm sure they would have gladly given up the money,” police Detective Frank Milano said earlier in the day. “They didn't put up any resistance. It was just a brutal crime. There was no reason to beat them.”

        Police said the robbers, thought to be 16 to 18 years old, took several hundred dollars. Steve Herppich Millvale resident Marilyn Glover speaks about the safety of children during a community meeting Tuesday night at the Millvale Community Center. The meeting followed the beating and robbery of carryout owners Randy and Mija Kim.


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