12-year-old boy attacked while walking home from North Avondale Recreation Center

CINCINNATI – A 12-year-old boy walking home from a community recreation center was attacked Thursday in North Avondale, police say.

Authorities said the boy was walking from the North Avondale Recreation Center to his home in Spring House Lane when three people -- between the ages of 16 and 18 -- assaulted him.

The attack happened just after 3:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Clinton Springs Avenue.

"He just started choking me, and then these two other guys grabbed my arms and held them behind me, then the guy in front ... I didn't see the other two ... the first guy just started punching me in the stomach over and over again," the 12-year-old boy said.

Police say the attackers were three men, or possibly two men and a woman.

Authorities said they took the boy’s bike – a 20-inch, red and white BMX, and left. The bike says "Free Style" on its side.

"They just started laughing when they left," the boy said. "That was all I remember."

He is unsure why the trio of attackers came after him.

"Well, I had a bike and I was alone," he said. "I guess that was … yeah, I guess they just wanted the bike."

"If it doesn't belong to you, don't take it,” said Ronny Hill, a volunteer at the North Avondale Recreation Center. “Ask for it. If they don't give it, leave it alone."

Officers said the boy was only able to give investigators the description of one of the suspects.

The boy said the attacker was an African American man, about 6 feet tall with a slim body. He said the man had short hair, a mustache and was wearing a blue T-shirt, according to police.

"I hope that they would be able to change after this. I still want them to be caught, I just hope that they can change," the boy said. "I'd say that I could forgive them, but I kind of want my bike back, but I would be able to forgive them, I think."

The attack is under investigation. Authorities ask anyone with information in this case to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

WCPO reporter Jason Law spoke to the 12-year-old boy Friday.

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