News out of Warren County, Ohio early Sunday morning, December 1, wreaks of hate and malice, with a senseless beating that led to a teen's death. Journal de la Reyna suspects the crime may have been racially motivated. Two men were arrested, according to Fox19, and charged. WCPO reports the teen was beaten and dropped at the doors of the Middletown's Regional Atrium Medical Center, later being transferred to Miami Valley Hospital as "John Doe", succumbing to his injuries. Police asked for the public's help to identify the teen who was in critical condition. He was described as a black male, between the ages of 14-16 years old, with "self" tattooed on his right forearm and "made" tattooed on his left forearm.
Cincinnati.com reports the teen was beaten in the head and chest by a blunt force object, and may have been sexually assaulted. Local 12 announced Franklin Police have two men in custody, charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder in connection with the beating. The alleged suspects are two white males, Michael J. Watson, 39, and 36-year-old Michael A. Geldrich.
ABC22 reported that Jasmyne Gordon works close to where the beating happened. She said,
"That's horrible. We thought it was drugs. We see it all the time here."
Police confirmed the beating took place at 11 Vernon Street in Franklin, Ohio, where officers served a search warrant, according to Fox19. The Warren County Crimes Unit is processing the vehicle and crime scene at this time. An update by WCPO, says the teen has been identified as sixteen-year-old Dione Payne, of Dayton, Ohio.
* An update posted by Fox45now says Geldrich and Watson will be in court December 10 for their preliminary hearings, and are currently being held on a $1 million bond. This prior to a vigil the family held for young Payne Tuesday night. They report his mother, Tamiko Payne, as saying,
"You never met a stranger Dione. I will see you at the crossroads son. I love you Dione," She continued saying, "I'm happy, I'm crying inside. I'm staying very strong as much as I can until the day comes I have to say goodbye to my son".
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Ken Rogers at 513-425-7700, or Detective Stewart at 937-746-2882. The Journal News published an update on the case January 6, 2014.
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