Four adults, one juvenile charged in connection with attack

County prosecutor's son among the victims.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 21, 2014


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four adults and one juvenile have been charged in connection with an unprovoked attack on three individuals in May.

A Hamilton County Grand Jury today indicted each of the following four defendants on single felony counts of felonious assault, aggravated riot, and ethnic intimidation and two misdemeanor counts of assault:

    Matthew Johnson Jr., 23, Cincinnati
    Joshua McCoy, 21, Cincinnati
    Onea Lapsley, 22, Cincinnati
    Yahdea Brown, 19, Cincinnati

A 17-year-old male is also facing the same charges.

The attack, which happened on West Ninth Street following the Taste of Cincinnati festival on May 24, occurred at approximately midnight.

Daniel J. Breyer, of Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section, is prosecuting the case at the request of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters whose son, Jonathan S. Deters, 23, was among the victims.

A copy of the indictment is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.



"We believe the sole motivation (for the alleged attack) was because of the color of their skin," Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel "Woody" Breyer said of the incident.

Witnesses told police, Breyer said, the five adults and one juvenile charged in Deters' beating said, "let's get the (epithet) white guy.

The suspects are black, while Deters is white.


Wow the first I have heard on here of a black against white hate crime lol. How the tables have turned. This should be interesting how this plays out.