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June 7, 2007

   Homicide Unit Investigation

On June 6, 2007, at 2:25 a.m., Cincinnati Police received a 911 call to 4259 Fergus St. reference a person shot lying in the street. District Five Officers along with Cincinnati Fire Personnel responded and located a black male suffering from gun shot wounds. The victim has been identified as John Harris, male, black, 25 years old born on July 19, 1982. Preliminary investigation reveals that Mr. Harris was a victim of a robbery where his vehicle (Black Chev, Monte Carlo) was stolen. The vehicle has been recovered by District Five Police on Spring Grove Ave parked and unattended.

Redacted from Cincinnati Enquirer Amber Hunt August 6, 2020The crime: Peggy Harris taught her youngest son to steer clear of the neighborhood ruffians, and John Harris listened. He avoided the streets and kept away from drugs. 

“He was a voter, a taxpayer. Everything you tell your child to do to live a good life, he did,” Peggy Harris said. “That’s what threw me off so bad. It was so unexpected.”

John Harris – called “Johnny” by those who knew him – was killed during a robbery near his home on June 7, 2007. The slaying was as cowardly as it was pointless: The 24-year-old was shot three times in the back, apparently by someone determined to steal his lemon of a car and a necklace that looked valuable but really wasn’t.

“One of the bullets pierced his heart,” Peggy Harris said. 

 no one has been arrested in the slaying.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at (513) 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (513) 352-3040 or submit a top at our p3tips website at Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.

James Douthit

On March 11, 2020, at approximately 9:24 PM, District One officers responded to the 500 block of Poplar Street to investigate a report of a shooting.  First responders located a shooting victim who was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  The victim succumbed to his injuries and has been identified as James Douthit, 49 years of age


The investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Homicide Unit is ongoing.   Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (513) 352-3542.


The West Chester Police Department is attempting to identify people involved in stealing wallets from purses.

On February 19, a group of people were working together at the Voice of America Shopping Center to steal wallets from purses left in shopping carts. The female would distract victims while a male got into the purses. Stolen credit cards from the wallets were then used to make purchases by the suspects at local retail stores.

Anyone who may know the identities of either subject should contact Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040 or the West Chester Police Department at (513) 777-2231.

Tips may also be submitted online through the WCPD anonymous tip line:


On Monday, February 10, 2020, at approximately 8:30 AM, Cincinnati Police Department District 5 responded to 239 W. McMillan Street to investigate a serious injury traffic crash.

Ms. Amber Gilliland, F/24, was walking northbound across W. McMillan St. at the intersection of Clifton Ave. in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on W. McMillan St.

Ms. Amber Gilliland was transported to UC Medical Center and sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash

The striking vehicle fled the scene of the collision, last seen traveling southbound on Wheeler St. from McMillan St. The striking vehicle is believed to be a 2016 or newer Toyota Tacoma, red or orange in color.

The Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 513.352.2514 or call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. 


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North College Hill detectives are attempting to identify a suspect in a robbery that occurred on 01/22/20 at around 2135 hrs.  Pictured suspect was described as a heavy set female black, mid 30s, wearing a head wrap, bright blue sweater, bright green undershirt, black leggings, black gym shoes and carrying a black purse.  Suspect went to register and advised the clerk that she had a gun in her purse and to empty the register of its cash to the sum of approximately $160.00.  Subject did not produce a gun during the incident, only implied.  

If you can identify this subject, please call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. 

The Springfield Township Police Department  needs your help in identifying these three suspects.   On 1/19/2020 at approximately 7:32am, the three unknown suspects all brandishing handguns entered the Mobile Gas Station located at Winton Rd. & Galbraith Rd. in Springfield Township and robbed the store and clerk of approximately $350.  If anyone knows the identity of these individuals, please call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or Detective Khayo at the Springfield Township Police Department at 513-729-1300.   

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at approximately 2240 hours, the Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to 4406 Colerain Avenue to investigate a fatal injury traffic crash.

Mr. Marquis Colbert, M/39, a pedestrian was crossing the street, West on Colerain Avenue.  The driver of an unknown vehicle was travelling North on Colerain Avenue.  Mr. Colbert crossed the street in front of the unknown vehicle and was struck. The striking vehicle fled the scene.

The striking vehicle is described as a black or dark colored sedan, possibly a Ford, with tinted windows missing its driver side mirror.  The vehicle may have front end damage from the collision.

Mr. Colbert was struck a second time while lying in the street by a silver 2007 Nissan Altima being operated by a F/15.

Mr. Colbert was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center by Cincinnati Fire Personnel, while being treated succumbed to his injuries.

Mr. Colbert was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Excessive speed and impairment are unknown at this time.

The Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 513.352.2514.

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Authority:     Lieutenant Brian C. Norris, Traffic Unit Commander 

            By:        Sergeant Jason S. Mummert, Traffic Unit Supe