Seelbach: 'Not deterred' from downtown Cincinnati after assault
Police searching for suspect
11:00 AM, Jul 31, 2012
7:17 PM, Jul 31, 2012
CINCINNATI - A member of Cincinnati City Council is recovering after he was allegedly assaulted in downtown Cincinnati Monday night.
After leaving a downtown bar, Councilman Chris Seelbach, a Democrat, said a male suspect punched him in the face and then pushed him to the ground at 305 West Fifth Street at about 11:40 p.m. Seelbach sustained minor injuries and had a bloody lip and scratched knees when he went to the police station, according to the police report.
Authorities have not released information about if Seelbach went to an area hospital for treatment. Seelbach said he called 911 immediately after the incident.
"Downtown is growing and becoming more vibrant every day and I am not deterred by this act," Seelbach said in a news release. "Violent crime in the city of Cincinnati has dropped 17 percent over the last two years and we are always working to do better."
Police are searching for the suspect, whose motivation for the alleged attack is not yet known. Police have not released a description of the suspect, who fled the scene after the crime.
Seelbach said his injuries are not keeping him Wednesday's council summer session at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Seelbach was elected to Cincinnati City Council in November 2011.
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