With assistance from the public, Cincinnati police officers were finally able to capture two suspects. The criminals were taken into custody for terrorizing homeless people.
Last Friday, the Cincinnati Police Department released some video footage of an incident in the early morning of June 3, 2021. In the clip, some people were seen driving around targeting homeless people.
The Ohio suspects shot at homeless people with a BB gun before driving off. Authorities revealed that the incident involved a light-colored 4-door sedan with a dark hood, and the incident was at 1615 Republic Street.
Cautionary black-and-yellow tape | Photo: Pixabay/Alexandr Podvalny
The police asked for anyone with information to come forward. On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the police department updated the matter and thanked the public for their assistance.
They shared photos of the two suspects involved in the assaults. In the post caption, authorities revealed that the public had helped identify sisters Brittany, 29, and Kelsey Hopper, 28.
A police squad car with its lights on in an urban area | Photo: Pixabay/Free-Photos
They shared that the Hopper siblings handed themselves over at District One just after noon on Tuesday. The sisters were initially named as suspects after the police learned about four separate incidences.
It appears the siblings didn’t only target homeless people, but one other person as well. Brandon Hughes, the owner of the newly-opened restaurant Copper & Flame, came forward about his assault.
He revealed that he now had a BB bullet lodged in his neck due to the attack. Hughes said the same suspects shot him 24 hours before they were reported for firing at homeless people.
The businessman had just completed opening night at his restaurant when a woman pulled over asking for directions. He said the incident left him traumatized, and his neck hurt a lot.
Besides the Republic Street incident, the suspects were also linked to three more attacks. These occurred on Corwine Avenue and McMicken, Gest Street, and 7th and Plum.
Sgt. Rob Shircliff said the suspects’ actions were senseless assaults on defenseless people. He said their behavior showed you the type of mindsets the individuals in the car had.
On Monday, the police had managed to recover the vehicle involved in the crimes. The car had been spray-painted to throw police off probably, and the sisters are wanted on three counts of assault.
A third suspect, an unidentified man, 24, was identified as the third person who was inside the car with the sisters. Police haven’t yet revealed if he will be charged concerning the case.
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