Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Carjacker terrorizes couple

Police capture man after chase; both victims safe

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BELLEVUE — What started as a night of celebration for an Anderson Township couple turned into a near brush with death outside a popular riverfront restaurant Sunday.

        “The last thing I wanted to do on my 13th wedding anniversary was to bury my husband,” said Cyndi Blalock on Tuesday as she recounted the carjacking. “I truly thought I wasn't going to see him again. I never want to spend another wedding anniversary like that again.”

        Augustus J. Kern, 42, of Fort Thomas pleaded not guilty Monday in Campbell County District Court in connection with the carjacking of Mrs. Blalock and her husband, Bill, from the parking lot of Joe's Crab Shack, overlooking the river at Port Bellevue.

        Mr. Kern is charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of robbery. He is being held at the Campbell County jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

        The couple was getting into their white Cadillac SLS, shortly after dinner at 6:50 p.m. Sunday in the Port Bellevue parking lot, when Mr. Kern forced his way into the car with a knife, according to court records.

        Mrs. Blalock said she jumped out of the back seat door.

        A few minutes after Bellevue Police broadcast a description of the car, Southgate Police Officer Mike Taylor spotted it a few minutes later on Interstate 471. After a 10-minute chase, police were able to stop the car traveling eastbound on Interstate 275.


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