Four males will be facing a judge on Monday for a vicious attack on an honor student last month. The recent arrests have the victim and his family breathing a sigh of relief.
On Friday, officers from the North Ridgeville Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshal's Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Taskforce, arrested three males in connection with the felonious assault and robbery of a 16-year-old boy on Aug. 9. Detectives with the North Ridgeville Police Department were assisted during the course of the investigation by officers from the Lorain County Sheriff's Department and the Lorain Police Department. The investigation revealed that this was a random act of violence and the victim had no connection to any of the suspects involved. While walking home from the city's Corn Festival, the teen was approached by a group of males who asked for his phone memory card. They ended up punching and kicking him. The suspects then took off with his money, clothes and shoes.
Jon Vincenzo's son stopped at a nearby gas station bloody, bruised and half-naked, but he was told to leave. "It is documented. People yelled at him, told him to put some clothes on, but there were some Good Samaritans that actually were coming out of the gas station and realized he needed help," said Vincenzo.
The following males from Lorain were taken into custody:
-18-year-old Derrick Foster has been charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault, theft
-18-year-old Donte Dower has been charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault, theft
-18-year-old Marcus Kimbrough has been charged with complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to felonious assault, complicity to theft
A 17-year-old male from Lorain will also be referred to Juvenile Court for felonious assault in connection with the incident.
Vincenzo still cannot believe what was done to his son. "He was hurt pretty bad. I mean, of course, it's frustrating," said Vincenzo. "I talk about it, and you touch my skin, it's probably pretty hot." The attackers were arrested after they bragged about it on Facebook. The victim's shoes were found and later returned. Vincenzo persuaded his son to put them back on after they were washed, as part of his therapeutic recovery. "It was symbolic, like 'I can get over this.' And he will get over it. He is a strong kid mentally," said Vincenzo. "He is wearing them now." The teen will not need reconstructive surgery as originally thought.