$2M bond set for suspect in June homicide near Grant Park

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 13:04:30-04

CINCINNATI — A judge set a $2 million bond Wednesday for a man charged in a June homicide near Grant Park.

The Cincinnati Police Department arrested and charged 39-year-old Lakevin Brownridge Tuesday morning for the murder of 37-year-old Jerome Young.

Brownridge appeared Wednesday before Judge Joshua Berkowitz, who said Brownridge had seven prior violent felony convictions in Illinois, including robbery and aggravated battery.

Brownridge faces a grand jury August 2.

One of the 13 cameras in the area installed by the Grant Park Block Watch recorded the murder of Young on the morning of June 27.

John Donaldson, the director of the Grant Park Block Watch, told WCPO there is less crime around Grant Park, but it is still a hotspot.

Donaldson said, "The cameras, they do a lot of work for us. You can't hide down here.”

Pastor Peterson Mingo with the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, said the cameras play a big part in fighting crime in the area.

“People don't want their names associated with it because they're afraid to be called out on things,” Mingo said. “For someone to get killed right here in this area -- it's highly visible … cameras covering just about every angle, and everybody knows it - it had to be something spontaneous.”

A motive for the homicide is not known at this time, but police don't think Young was the target.