Skip to comments.Five Suspects in Custody after Kidnapping/Murder Teen Girl
Posted on 08/21/2002 1:36:03 PM PDT by TamiPie
Suspects charged with teen's death
Aug. 21 - Police apprehended five people Tuesday afternoon along I-69 in DeKalb County. After the arrests, police say they learned the grizzly details surrounding 17-year-old Cheri Sue Hartman's kidnapping, and subsequent death.
Court records detail what happened Monday night, when Cheri Hartman was abducted from the 1300 block of Sinclair Street. According to detective accounts in a probable cause affidavit, Christine Johnson and Rheann Kelly showed up at Hartman's home that night to confront her. The women told police they beat up Hartman before forcing her into a car. Police say Ronrico Hatch, Brett Marks and Christoper Hovis were also in the car. Court documents say the five took Hartman to a remote location and beat her again. Chistopher Hovis told detectives Ronrico Hatch then shot Hartman. Court records go on to explain the five left the scene, purchased some gas, and returned to the scene. Detectives report that Ronrico Hatch doused the girl, and that Christopher Hovis set a fire with his lighter. Around 8:30 Tuesday night, police discovered Hartman's body in a field off of Dupont and Johnson. An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning. While police confirmed the identity of the victim, the coronor is holding off on a positive identification until dental records become available. Cheri Sue Hartman's abduction prompted the city's first AMBER alert. The alert went out at five a.m. Tuesday, and the system is credited with the apprehension of the five suspects. Prosecutors charged Ronrico Hatch with 1st degree murder and criminal confinement. The other four suspects are all charged with criminal confinement. All were ordered held in jail without bond.
Was there an actual bear involved, or does MSNBC just employ illiterate editors?
Agreed. Could be both. From the sounds of it, Mr. Ronrico Hatch would be the putative boyfriend.
Yes, products of today's public school system which teaches them to "feel good" about themselves despite their stupidity. Now, they're "good and stupid."
Are you certain that they're white, or that their victim was? The other FReep thread [see post #14] on this event reports some sort of racial aspect to the matter. Perhaps it was another of those *hate crimes*.
It is a story that didn't make the national news, for some reason, so I thought you should hear it, as it demonstrates what can go wrong when the authorities fail to use all the weapons in their arsenal against the monsters that are committing these crimes.
Monday night (August 19) three young men entered an Arby's here in Fort Wayne, and began harrassing 17 year old Cheri Hartman, a cute kid with bright copper-colored hair. Witnesses say she eventually responded with a "racial slur" against one of the rowdies. All three of the punks were 21 years old-adults in the legal world, if not in the establishment media paradigm.
When Cheri arrived home Monday night she was assaulted by the three, beaten, and shoved into a blue 1992 Chevy with a luggage rack on top.
Eyewitnesses saw everything, and called the F.W.P.D., who, on arriving, found Cheri's car-keys and a pool of vomit on the pavement. It was 11:08 P.M.
"We wanted to make sure this was a true abduction," said Robin Thompson, Police spokeswoman. Curious point of view considering the eyewitnesses and physical evidence.
It was a point of view that would cause a slow-down in the expected "Amber-Alert" response that has been successful in other parts of the country. The Allen County Sherrif's Dept. wasn't informed until 5:00 A.M. The State Police were in the dark throughout the night.
The girl's defense will be, "big bad boys made me do it", and they will either be acquitted or get a slap on the wrist.
You know it.
I know it.