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'It was really traumatic for me': Police say man threw railroad spikes at traffic on I-75 North

Police report says he hit 11 vehicles
Car damage man threw railroad spikes
Posted at 11:51 AM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 20:24:29-04

CINCINNATI — An Elsmere man is accused of throwing railroad spikes and rocks at drivers on I-75 in Elmwood Place Saturday afternoon at mile marker 8.2. That's just before the Towne Street and Elmwood Place exit.

Drivers said a man was standing on an overpass for trains around 3:15 p.m. when he threw objects at their vehicles.

"It was like slow motion," Cate Dean said. "He threw it, it was coming right at me."

Police arrested Robert Stevens, 25, later that night. He was in court for a bond hearing Monday morning. Assistant Prosecutor Dave Wood said surveillance video helped police identify him as the suspect.

One of the victims, Abby Lakes, provided WCPO photos of the damage to her car.

"It was all of the sudden," Lakes said. "I wasn’t expecting it when I saw the man on the railroad, and it was really scary," said Lakes. "Like, it was really traumatic for me."

Abby Lakes damage .jpg

The judge set Stevens' bond at $165,000. He faces 11 counts of vandalism.

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