Saturday, July 27, 2002

Shooter sought after front porch robbery attempt

Man, friends refused to give money

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Police are searching for the shooter of a man hospitalized Thursday night after he and his friends resisted a robbery attempt on their front porch.

        Carlos Aguilar of the 1200 block of Scott Boulevard was in fair condition Friday evening at University Hospital after being shot in the abdomen.

        Mr. Aguilar was sitting on his front porch with a group of acquaintances when about 10 other men, described as black males, tried to rob the group at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, according to Covington Police.

        When Mr. Aguilar and his friends refused to hand over any money, a fight broke out. Police said Mr. Aguilar was shot when he tried to escape by running into the home.

        Sgt. Teal Nally of Covington Police said detectives were having trouble getting information from witnesses, in part, because Mr. Aguilar and many of his friends speak only Spanish.

        Sgt. Nally said the area of 12th Street and Scott Boulevard is known for drug activity, but there was no indication that illegal drugs contributed to this shooting.

        It is the eighth shooting in Covington this year.

        Marjorie Reed, who rents an apartment in the same building, said the gunshot woke her up.

        “At first I thought it was fireworks,” the 19-year-old said. “Then I realized it was gunshots. I was scared.”

        She described Mr. Aguilar as a hard-working man who was sending money to Guatemala to support his family. Ms. Reed said Mr. Aguilar was known as “Tio,” the Spanish word for uncle.

        Ms. Reed said she believes the robbers thought Mr. Aguilar and the other Hispanics living at that address had cash hidden in their rooms that they planned to wire to their families in Central America.

        Gil Esparza, founder and director of the Hispanic Resource Center in Covington, said Hispanics are easy targets because they carry cash. He said it is difficult for them to open checking accounts without a Social Security card.

        Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Covington Police detective bureau at (859) 292-2234.


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