Police: Shooter barely missed two teens in a car on I-75

Kettering man shot car on I-75, Lockland PD says
Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 18:01:10-05

LOCKLAND, Ohio -- A Kettering man shot at another vehicle on Interstate 75 Saturday morning, Lockland police said.

Police said Jonathan C. Rike shot Sam Jarvis’ vehicle on Interstate 75 Saturday as Jarvis was driving his daughter and her friend to choir practice. No one was injured.

Rike pulled alongside Jarvis’ car near the 12.4 mile marker and fired a single shot from a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber handgun, according to an affidavit filed with Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Rike, 37, of Kettering, Ohio is charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. Monday morning in court, Rike's attorney said his client has a scarce criminal record and works as a registered nurse. Rike was arrested on an OVI charge last month.

The incident was one of two shootings that occurred on I-75 over the weekend; a man was also shot at 3:10 p.m. Sunday on I-75 near Mitchell Avenue, Cincinnati police said. The victim was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but there is no information on the suspect or the extent of his injuries. 

In Saturday's shooting, the bullet struck the passenger door, where Jarvis’ 13-year-old daughter, Gracey, was sitting.

Gracey’s friend, Alec Lee, said he noticed Rike driving strangely.

"I thought he was just going to go behind us ‘cause he was just slowing down, but all of a sudden he rolled down his window,” Lee said. “I just see this really angry looking man, and I just see him pull out a gun. At first I thought he was aiming at me … I thought he hit the trunk of the car."

But the bullet didn’t hit the trunk. It hit the lock on the passenger door.

"If it hadn't hit the lock, it may have hit Gracey,” Lee said.

Gracey took a picture of Rike’s car, which led to his arrest. Although Rike is behind bars, Gracey  said she is still frightened.

"I don't think he went out that day to shoot Gracey Jarvis. I don't think he did,” she said. “But I do think he just was angry and thought he should take it out on us."

Lockland police did not provide a motive in the court documents. A 911 operator Jarvis if he thought road rage was involved.

"I guess? I mean, I was going around to pass the guy, and apparently he pulled out a gun and shot. I didn't see that, but the girls in the back seat did," Jarvis said.

Rike is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. He was given a $750,000 bond.