Saturday, September 14, 2002

Man indicted in stabbing and shooting

By Karen Vance
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — A 21-year-old Norwood man was indicted in Clermont County this week on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault after, police say, he stabbed one man and shot another.

        Eric Robert Cox, 21, was participating in a prearranged fistfight with Brandon Minton in a parking lot on Hanna Avenue in Loveland about 11 p.m. Sept. 1, authorities said. Mr. Minton reportedly got the upper hand, prompting Mr. Cox to pull a butterfly knife, said Clermont County Prosecutor Don White.

        Mr. Cox allegedly stabbed Mr. Minton, 19, of Loveland, multiple times in the upper body. He then drove away, stopping at another parking lot where two people had been watching the fight, Mr. White said.

        Mr. Cox allegedly fired two shots into their vehicle, hitting another teen, Matt Sylvester, in the buttocks.

        Mr. Minton was taken from the scene by friends and later airlifted to University Hospital where he underwent surgery and is still recovering. Mr. Sylvester left the scene and was taken to the hospital by his parents. He also underwent surgery, Mr. White said.

        Norwood police arrested Mr. Cox the following day after they found him hiding in an apartment. Another man, Stephen Walter Sanna, 20, of Loveland, who police think was riding in the car with Mr. Cox that night, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence.

        In other indictments, Brian Jay Broerman, 20, of Union Township, was indicted on charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and corrupting another with drugs. Mr. Broerman allegedly gave marijuana to a 15-year-old and then had sex with her on Feb. 16, Mr. White said.


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