Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Seven suspects indicted in separate kidnappings, beatings

One Warren County man attacked with ax; another robbed

By Janice Morse, jmorse@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Seven suspects have been indicted in two separate Warren County incidents in which victims reported being kidnapped and beaten.

        In grand jury indictments made public Monday, five suspects are charged in a May 9 attack that involved a vehicle and an occupant being struck with an ax on Township Line Road, which divides Wayne and Clearcreek townships.

        In an unrelated crime, two suspects are accused of beating a 36-year-old Middletown man so severely that his skull was exposed, his lung punctured and some ribs broken June 22 in the Warren County portion of Middletown, Prosecutor Tim Oliver said.

        The ax attack was the culmination of a dispute over a vehicle, said Warren County Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Mays. A count of felonious assault and two counts of kidnapping were filed against each of five suspects: Chaim Levi, 49, of Centerville, Ohio; Nickolaos Rueve Boscarino, 18, of Bellbrook, Ohio; Kenneth R. Wise, 19, of Bellbrook; Gary Adkins, 18, of Waynesville, and Sophat Chorn, 23, of Dayton, Ohio.

        As of late Monday afternoon, none of the suspects had been booked into the Warren County Jail.

        A Warren County sheriff's report says Clifton Hatfield, 19, of Waynesville, was injured by an “ax to head,” and that a 2002 Mitsubishi was dented and its windshield damaged.

        A second occupant of the vehicle escaped and hid, Mr. Oliver said.

        In the Middletown incident, Tom Scott told police that he was assaulted in the woods near Robin Springs Apartments and was robbed of cash, his wallet, personal papers and his wedding ring before the assailants fled in a bronze Thunderbird.

        Mr. Scott then made his way to a nearby apartment and banged on a door for help.

        Brian Ingram, 33, and Thomas D. Lucas,35, both of Franklin, were being held in the Warren County Jail in connection with the attack on Mr. Scott. Each has been indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.


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