PRESS RELEASE, 6/18/2007

A Hamilton County Grand Jury indicts a teenager involved in the college hill carjacking and robbery of an elderly woman

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced today the indictment of 18-year-old Michael Hughes for the June 7, 2007 carjacking and robbery of an elderly woman in College Hill.

Hughes has been indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of robbery, one count of felonious assault and one count of receiving stolen property for two separate incidents.

On May 26, 2007 at 9:30 p.m., Hughes and another juvenile co-defendant approached a female victim getting into a Lexus in the 5800 block of Hamilton Avenue. The defendants used a handgun to get the victim out of the car. The Lexus was later found abandoned in the Groesbeck area.

Hughes struck again on June 7, 2007 at 11:30 p.m. when he robbed and injured a 72-year-old elderly woman. Elizabeth Henderson parked her car in front of the National City Bank located in the 6000 block of Hamilton Avenue and used the ATM. As she walked back to her car, Hughes and the same juvenile co-defendant assaulted her. The victim was punched in the face and was forcibly removed from the car.

Henderson was treated for her injuries at a nearby hospital and released. Her red Ford Escape was found abandoned in the middle of Reading Road the next day.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “Offenders who prey upon the elderly will be given no breaks by this office. Our goal is that when they leave prison, they will be too old to commit any more crimes.