Woman attacked, robbed in North College Hill Kroger parking lot

CINCINNATI – A 66-year-old woman was attacked Thursday while loading groceries into her car outside a North College Hill Kroger.

Authorities say 19-year-old Drakkar Harris pushed the woman into her backseat, snatched her purse and ran along the east side of the Kroger in the 7100 block of Hamilton Ave. at about 2:30 p.m.

North College Hill, Colerain Township and Mount Healthy police officers said they quickly contained the area in an effort to trap Harris.

A North College Hill City employee later saw Harris running near the North College Hill City Center building on West Galbraith Road and alerted police.

Harris was eventually captured behind a condominium complex at 1544 West Galbraith Rd.

Police said Harris is a suspect in several other recent robberies in North College Hill.

He was charged with felony robbery and is likely to face more charges in the near future, officials said.

Harris was arraigned in Hamilton County court Saturday. A judge gave him a $10,000 bond for robbery and a $1,000 bond for theft.

The 66-year-old woman was unharmed and her property was recovered, with the exception of her iPhone 5S. Police said it fell out of her purse while Harris was running from police.

Authorities say there have been multiple attacks on disabled or elderly people in North College Hill in recent weeks.

Officer Jay Manning said this frequency could be related to the large amount of blind people living and traveling through North College Hill.

The city has the second highest blind population in the world because of the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Hamilton Avenue, Manning said.

"And if you throw in the group homes and the elderly in the area, (criminals) have a large group of potential victims in the area," he said.

Police said an 83-year-old woman was walking home with her walker and purse at about 8:30 p.m. on June 17 when a man and a woman, later identified as Antoine Hocker and Lashawnda Stevens, knocked her to the ground in the 1500 block of West Galbraith Road.

The two were taken into police custody Thursday morning.

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