Sunday, April 29, 2001

Police search for father, two children

Deputies responded to 911 call in Symmes

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — A report of domestic violence turned into a kidnapping case Saturday afternoon as Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies searched for a 7-year-old, a 15-month-old and their father.

        Deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at about 5 p.m. at 11787 Woodwind Drive.

        Officers say David Hope, 32, forced his way into the home of his estranged wife. He was armed with a rifle. He tore the phones out of the wall and told his wife, Carol Hope, 32, and her mother, Anna Barnes, 55, that he was going to take them to the basement and kill them, officers said. A neighbor called 911, reporting a prowler.

        Mrs. Barnes escaped and ran outside to safety. Deputy Howard Hochscheid helped Mrs. Hope out of the house, but Mr. Hope escaped, officers said. He fled into a wooded area.

        Warrants were immediately issued for Mr. Hope's arrest. He is charged with kidnapping, domestic violence and violation of a temporary restraining order.

        Mrs. Hope had dropped off her children earlier in the day for their court-ordered visitation. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, police had not located Mr. Hope or the two children.


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