Cincinnati firefighter accused of attacking 3 people

Two of the victims are Xavier University students
Posted at 8:48 AM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 09:35:18-04

CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati firefighter is accused of attacking three people, according to court documents. 

Justin Bancroft, 27, is accused of assaulting three people outside of Holy Grail at The Banks after 10 p.m. on Aug. 24, court documents state. One of the victims fell to the ground and broke his jaw in two places. Another victim suffered a concussion, facial fractures, black eyes and a head laceration.

Bancroft was charged Monday with two counts of felonious assault and one count of assault. A police report states Bancroft struck the victims with a closed fist.

Two of the victims are students at Xavier University, spokeswoman Kelly Leon said. 

Cathy Ritter, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Fire Department, told WCPO that Bancroft was put on unpaid leave Wednesday - the first day he was expected to report for duty since the charges were filed.

Ritter confirmed Bancroft joined the department on June 26, 2016. He is assigned to Truck 31 in Oakley.

The fire department is investigating, Ritter said. The Cincinnati Fire Department code of conduct requires members to not violate any criminal laws and to "conduct themselves in a manner that will not bring discredit" to the department or city.

Bancroft joined the Cincinnati Fire Department in June 2016. He's currently assigned to Truck 31 in Oakley. His colleagues declined to talk about the case.

A motive for the attack remains under investigation. Police said they had images from surveillance cameras. 

A judge issued a $100,000 bond for Bancroft on Friday. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.