PRESS RELEASE, 12/7/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in Lachey’s Restaurant case and $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lavoris Hightower

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Lavoris Hightower (DOB 8/6/81) in the November 23rd incident outside Lachey’s Restaurant when Ms. Elizabeth Richardson, a manager at the restaurant, was shot by Hightower.  Hightower is now indicted on 1 count of Attempted Murder with gun specifications (Felony 1), 2 counts of Felonious Assault with gun specifications (Felony 2), 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3) and 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, he faces in excess of 25 years in prison.

Ms. Richardson was leaving the restaurant at approximately 3:20 a.m. with co-workers and a friend.  She was walking to her car when she was almost struck by the van driven by Hightower.  Ms. Richardson approached the van and that is when Hightower fired one shot and struck Ms. Richardson in the face.  Hightower then fled the scene.

Ms. Richardson suffered multiple injuries to her face.  She was transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.  She has now been released from the hospital.

The police reviewed area surveillance video and witness information in their investigation.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “There is a $5,000.00 reward to help us get Hightower arrested and off of our streets.  First Hightower nearly runs Ms. Richardson over with his car and then he shoots her- -unbelievable.

Cincinnati has worked very hard to improve the area where the shooting occurred.  This type of heartless act has the potential of ruining years of progress.  He needs to go to jail for a long time.”

Anyone with information on this case should call Cincinnati Police Detective Dan Kreider at 513-352-4565.