Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Police launch manhunt

Attack on cop from Delhi spurs search for 2 men

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Cincinnati Police Spc. Dawn Hill, police dog Cisco and Officer Brad Smith sweep the area around Bassett Road and Elberon Avenue in Price Hill
(Craig Ruttle photos)
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Dozens of police officers swarmed an area of Price Hill on Monday, looking for a man who hit a Delhi Township officer in the head with a rock.

The officer was looking for a man wanted for an aggravated burglary in which a rifle was stolen when he was attacked by two men about 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of Crestline Avenue and Bassett Road. The officer, who was taken to a hospital, was not identified.

Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher got involved in the search, ordering officers from Districts 1 and 5 to help take calls in the area so District 3 could focus on the search for the two men who attacked the officer.

[photo] An ambulance transports a Delhi Township police officer from the scene in Price Hill where he was hit in the head by a rock.
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He told a dispatcher: "They are to spare no resources for catching these guys.''

After the assault, officers were looking for David Blackmon, 20, of Crestline Avenue and another black male described as 5-foot-8, 170 pounds and wearing a gray shirt. They were last seen walking south on Crestline.

Mr. Blackmon went to prison in 2001 for stealing a car in Delhi, according to court records, and was sentenced to one day in jail in September for possession of marijuana. He has been wanted since a burglary Dec. 30 on Beechmeadow Lane in Delhi in which police said he kicked in the door and stole a German rifle while the 80-year-old resident was sleeping.

E-mail jprendergast@enquirer.com

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