PRESS RELEASE, 1/9/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Robert L. Fritzsch in August 9, 2011 assault

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Mt. Lookout resident Robert L. Fritzsch (DOB 4/22/54) for the August 9, 2011 felonious assault of fellow Mr. Lookout resident Thomas Nies, Jr.  Fritzsch is charged with 1 count of Retaliation (Felony 3), 1 count of Complicity (Felony 2) and 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 19 years in prison.

On August 9, 2011 Mr. Nies was beaten outside his residence by 2 unknown people.  The police investigation revealed that Lee Robinson (DOB 1/23/80) and James Calloway (DOB 3/16/77) planned the assault even though they did not actually participate in it.  Robinson and Calloway were previously charged in case B 1105364 with 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Extortion (Felony 3) for planning the assault and then trying to extort today’s defendant Fritzsch to pay them more money since Fritzsch is believed to have ordered the assault.  Robinson and Calloway’s cases are pending before Judge Myers and are set for a January 17, 2012 pre-trial.  If convicted of all charges, they face the possibility of 18 years in prison.

Mr. Nies suffered a concussion and serious injury as a result of this assault.

Mr. Nies and defendant Fritzsch had a pending civil suit in Hamilton County involving a real estate dispute which is believed to be the motivation behind this incident.  A copy of the decision from the Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, is attached (Appeal C-081302/Trial No. A-0704717). 

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Fritzsch hired two thugs to beat Mr. Nies in his own home and in plain sight of his young child.  To do this over a real estate dispute is reprehensible.  Fortunately, the Cincinnati Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office were able to work together to solve this unusual case.”