Teen suspect lures Ohio police with phony robbery call, then ‘savagely’ attacks officer
It took four people to pull the suspect off the officer; the suspect reportedly tried to grab the officer’s handgun as he was being restrained
By Cliff Pinckard
CINCINNATI — A teen male called police Tuesday morning claiming he was the victim of a robbery, then attacked an officer who responded to the call and tried to take his firearm, reports say.
The officer had to be taken to a hospital after he was “savagely ambushed, attacked and beaten by an apparently mentally disturbed man,” Dan Hils, president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police, tells WCPO Channel 9. The officer was treated and released, WLWT Channel 5 reports.
Jermykle Williams, 19, was arrested following the incident and has been charged with felonious assault, aggravated robbery, making a terroristic threat, failure to disclose personal information and resisting arrest.
WXIX Channel 19 reports officers were called to a home in the city’s Price Hill neighborhood just after 11 a.m. Officers at the scene began investigating when Williams reportedly attacked, repeatedly punching an officer in the face.
It took four people to pull Williams off the officer, reports say. He reportedly tried to grab the officer’s handgun as he was being restrained.
WXIX reports that police say Williams threatened to kill sheriff’s deputies at the jail and others at the city’s justice center.
Williams’ grandmother said he struggles with mental health issues and hasn’t been taking his prescribed medication, WCPO reports. She also tells WCPO that she believes her grandson has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has hallucinations.