Sunday, December 10, 2000

Two charged after attacking two club patrons with swords

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Two men are being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center after they attacked patrons and employees of a club here with samurai-style swords Friday night.

        Hieu Xuan Phan, 20, of Colerain Township, and Ho T. Tran, 18, of Forest Park, were both charged with two counts of felonious assault.

        Each is being held on $40,000 bond.

        The two men were involved in a fight at 11:30 p.m. Friday with two other patrons of Club Gravity on Colerain Avenue.

        “It looks like they followed each other out into the parking lot, and the confrontation with the swords happened in the parking lot,” said Lt. Nick Coyle of the Hamilton County sheriff's department.

        A report by the sheriff's department said Mr. Phan and Mr. Tran went to their car, opened the trunk and brought out two swords.

        They began swinging the swords at the two they had exchanged words with.

        When the club's security intervened, the sword-wielders began to attack them, police said.

        They fled, however, before anyone was injured.

        The sheriff's department identified the patrons as Santino Lambert, 19, and Jason Heard, 18, both of Mount Healthy.

        The club's employees were Chris Paproski, 20, of Hamilton, and Matthew Knollman, 17, of West Chester.

        The two suspects got into their car and drove north on Colerain Avenue but were stopped by sheriff's deputies.

        Lt. Coyle said the club caters to juveniles on certain days of the week, while on other days it caters to those 18-21.


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