PRESS RELEASE, 6/9/2006

One man crime spree, "BONAFIDE HUSTLER" indicted for unsolved murder, unreleated aggravated robbery, and recent kidnapping cases

Lonnie Webster, 23, has been indicted on nine counts for three separate incidents, including Murder, Kidnapping, Felonious Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Having Weapons While Under Disability.

Webster has a very distinctive tattoo across the width of his entire forehead “Bonafide Hustler” and a tattoo of moneybags between his eyebrows.

The defendant’s most recent crime spree began on January 14, 2006 in the parking lot at Mulligan’s Pub, 2680 Madison Road, in Hyde Park. Webster shot Robert Pursley, of Blue Ash, with an SKS assault rifle and drove away. Pursley, who was going to meet friends at the bar after attending a holiday party, died at University Hospital due to blood loss from his wound.

On February 14, 2006, Webster and another robbed Supreme Blends, a barber shop in Walnut Hills, again brandishing the SKS assault rifle. During the course of the robbery, the owner, Allan Gee, was shot but he survived his injuries.

Then in the latest incident, after the defendant and his girlfriend got into an argument on June 1, 2006, Webster stole her car with her two children, ages 2 and 3, in the car. After an Amber Alert was issued, Webster was located trying to hide behind a refrigerator at a friend’s house on Ridge Avenue.

This is not Webster’s first contact with the criminal justice system. He is currently on parole for a 2002 carjacking at gunpoint at the Kenwood Mall. Then in November of 2005, he was involved in a gun battle and was sent to Drake. These prior actions placed Webster under a Disability which prohibited him from carrying any firearm.

The SKS assault rifle is considered an automatic weapon as defined by Ohio law because it was equipped with a magazine allowing it to hold 50 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The use of this type of weapon during the commission of a crime carries an additional 6 years in prison.

He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges Webster is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 1 million bond.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “We are optimistic today that he has just hustled his way into life behind bars.”