Sunday, February 25, 2001

Police looking for man seen near site of teen-ager's slaying

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police hope to question a man in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Avondale man whose body was found Friday morning at his apartment in the 500 block of Hale Avenue.

        Police identified the victim as Robert Lamar White. Neighbors said Mr. White would have turned 20 years old Wednesday.

        Police are treating his death as a homicide but would not discuss how Mr. White died, pending an autopsy by the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

        Cincinnati Detective Tim Campbell said police want to question a man known as “Black,” whom neighbors said they saw in the area at the time Mr. White's body was found.

        He is not a suspect, Detective Campbell said.

        He is described as a black male, 32 years old, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

        The homicide is Cincinnati's seventh this year.

        District 4 officers responded to an assault complaint at the apartment building on Hale Avenue at 6:33 a.m. Friday.

        As officers attempted to locate the origin of the complaint, they discovered Mr. White's body.

        Tom Jones, president of the Avondale Community Council, said Hale Avenue, between Reading and Harvey, is notorious for robberies and drugs. Neighbors complain frequently about problems in the area.

        “That particular corner ... is a drug corner,” Mr. Jones said. “That's been a real problem.

        “We've had too many killings in Avondale,” Mr. Jones said. “Enough is enough. We have to bring the crime situation in Avondale under control.”

        Investigators request anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040.


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