PRESS RELEASE, 7/18/2006

Two people indicted in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old North College Hill female

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Jewanna Patterson and David Johnson for their involvement in the July 3, 2006 kidnapping of a 17-year-old North College Hill female.

Patterson, 24, and Johnson, 32, have been indicted on two counts of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Robbery. In addition, Johnson has also been indicted on two counts of Having Weapons While Under Disability and one count of Failure to Comply.

In the early morning hours of Monday, July 3, 2006, the defendants went to the victim’s home on Joseph Court in North College Hill. Patterson told the victim her friends had left without her and she needed to use the phone to make arrangements for a ride. Once the victim opened the door, both defendants forced their way inside. The victim was blindfolded, bound and taken to a home located at 5120 Lillian Drive.

Once inside the home on Lillian Drive, the defendants took the victim's cell phone and contacted the 17-year-old female’s father. They advised her father not to call the police and to bring money to a specified location. After dropping the money off at the wrong location, her father decided to involve the police and a District 4 police officer was dispatched to the area. The officer spotted a car being driven by David Johnson. After realizing the police officer saw him, Johnson fled the scene. The officer followed Johnson to the home on Lillian Drive where the victim was found in the basement.

Both defendants are currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. Patterson is being held on a $200,000 bond and faces up to 40 years in prison. Johnson is being held on a $ 400,000 bond and faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted on all charges.