Wednesday, September 17, 2003

4 accused in Lincoln Heights crime spree

By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LINCOLN HEIGHTS - Four Lincoln Heights men accused of terrorizing their community with sawed-off shotguns during a two-month crime spree this summer were indicted Tuesday.

Henry Woods, 26, and brothers Jermaine Lowery, 24, and Randall Lowry, 24 were indicted on murder, robbery and arson charges. They were tracked down in Chattanooga, Tenn., because they were acting suspiciously and were driving a stolen car.

Nicholas Bolden, 24, was also indicted in the spree but has not been arrested.

Combined, the men are facing 38 charges, some related to the killings of Kevin Williams, 37, of Lincoln Heights, and a man believed to be Rodney Harris, 43. Williams was slain July 6 during an attempted robbery.

The body believed to be that of Harris was found burned in Bond Hill on Aug. 21.

Lowry, Lowery and Woods remain jailed in Hamilton County. They were arrested Aug. 29 and brought back to Cincinnati on Sept. 5.

"They terrorized Lincoln Heights," said Lincoln Heights Sgt. Sandra Stevenson.

Word of their arrest spread quickly through the community, Stevenson said.

"Everyone was relieved," she said.

Especially Elaine Williams, the mother of Kevin Williams.

"Justice is working," she said. "They are off the street and can't hurt anyone else."

The spree, Stevenson said, seems to have started with the Williams killing.

Authorities are awaiting DNA test results in the death of the man believed to be Harris.

His sport-utility vehicle was found burned behind an apartment building Aug. 21 on Laidlaw Avenue in Bond Hill.

The body of a man, shot and burned beyond recognition, was discovered inside. Harris has not been seen since that night. Authorities have not discussed a motive in that case.

Police say the men returned to Lincoln Heights four days later, using a sawed-off shotgun to rob a man that night and robbing another man with the same gun Aug. 27.

Stevenson believes there are several more victims who never reported the robberies.

"The suspects up together and knew many of their victims, Stevenson said. "This is a small community."



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