Monday, April 30, 2001

Father charged in kidnappings

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 32-year-old Loveland man was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping his two children, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said.

        David Hope of the 12000 block of Shore Drive was charged with two counts of kidnapping, felony domestic violence, felony violation of a temporary protection order, and one count of interference with custody. He is being held in the Hamilton County jail.

        Mr. Hope was arrested about 6:40 a.m. at an Oak Street residence in Loveland. His two children, ages 7 and 15 months, were found safe in the home and were returned to their mother.

        Authorities said Mr. Hope, armed with a .22-caliber rifle, forced his way into the Symmes Township home where his estranged wife, Carol, 32, and her mother, Anna Barnes, 55, were living and threatened them Saturday night.

        A neighbor called police, who defused the situation. Mr. Hope fled.

        Mrs. Hope reported the children — who had been dropped off for a court-ordered visit with Mr. Hope — missing after the incident.


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