Monday, October 25, 2004

Gun victim has Mount Adams apprehensive

By Bill Weathers
Enquirer staff writer

MOUNT ADAMS - Police continued their investigation Sunday into a weekend homicide in this hilltop neighborhood, where serious crime is a rarity.

The body of a white man was found about 9:10 a.m. Saturday in the woods near the Elsinore Place steps, and an autopsy revealed that the man died from a gunshot wound, police said. An identity was being withheld Sunday pending notification of relatives.

Some neighborhood residents expressed concern about the crime Sunday, and were anxiously awaiting more details from police.

"Obviously, you never want to hear about something like this. I'm certainly concerned," said 24-year-old John Hochwald, who has only lived in his Elsinore Place apartment for a month.

"Obviously, we're always concerned about any criminal activity in Mount Adams," Jerry Tokarsky, president of the Mount Adams Civic Association, said Sunday when he learned about the homicide. "We hope there's a quick resolution to this."

Tokarsky said his son once used the Elsinore Place steps regularly.

"My son used them every day about six years ago. He never had a problem," he said.

Over the years, Mount Adams has been fortunate to have a low incidence of serious crime, Tokarsky said. "We just haven't had the same experience in crime as other neighborhoods," he said. "We've been blessed."

The Mount Adams homicide is the 60th of the year in Cincinnati.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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