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Mom alleges inaction by police officer during robbery of son, files complaint



Published: Sat, December 18, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The mother of a teenage city boy says she wants justice for her son who was beaten and robbed downtown and punishment for an officer she says watched the attack take place and did not stop it.

Tennille Reeder, 34, of Youngstown, said her 14-year-old son went to the Covelli Centre to watch a series of basketball games last week. She said the boy wanted to dress up for the event and left the house wearing a gold chain with a Jesus charm valued at $800.

“I felt like he would be OK. He was going to the Covelli Centre. I would not let him wear that [chain] to some block party on Ravenwood [Avenue], but this was at the Covelli Centre,” the mother said.

Reeder told police her son was standing outside the building after the games when he was attacked by six young black males. She said her son was hit in the back of his head, and the gold chain was ripped from his neck. The assailants fled in an orange Jeep, she said.

According to Reeder, a Youngstown police officer was standing close by as her son was attacked and did not stop the robbery. He broke up the melee and let the group of assailants leave with the stolen chain, she said.

She filed a complaint with the internal-affairs department.

Lt. David McKnight of internal affairs would not discuss the complaint against the officer. He would confirm only that Reeder had in fact filed the complaint.

McKnight said it is a policy not to identify an officer after a complaint has been filed until the matter has been investigated so that the wrong officer is not identified.

“It is not uncommon for people to have the wrong officer and file a complaint. That is why I don’t release names. I do the whole investigation first and go from there,” he said.

Chief Jimmy Hughes said people sometimes confuse officers with security guards at such events, and therefore the matter should be thoroughly investigated first. He also said that if an officer was standing nearby during the incident, it is difficult for anyone to say what that officer actually did see take place.

McKnight said internal affairs is looking into the matter and should have some type of resolution by next week.

In the meantime, Reeder said she has been searching frantically to find out who is responsible for beating and robbing her son. She managed to find out that the Jesus charm had been pawned at a South Side pawn shop.

According to Officer Robert Lodwick, Reeder may soon get her wish for justice.

Lodwick said detectives have wrapped up the investigation and identified who they believe is responsible for the attack and robbery. He would not identify the suspects because charges have not officially been filed.

“There was a group of four involved, and we are ready to go to the prosecutor sometime Monday,” he said.

The incident at the center, Reeder said, is not the first time a chain similar to the one stolen has caused the family grief. She said her brother was killed over an identical chain in 2002.

According to Vindicator files, Andre Reeder was shot and killed on the city’s North Side by someone with whom he had been friends. Reports say Reeder, 17, was to meet with William Staten, 18, to exchange an unidentified object, but Staten ultimately shot and killed Reeder.

Tennille Reeder said the object being exchanged was a gold chain identical to the one stolen from her son.

Staten was later convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Reeder said she is happy the situation involving her son was not more severe. The arrests of the suspects, she said, would bring more comfort.

“I am happy with it but still upset because if the officer had done his job, it wouldn’t have gotten this far,” she said.


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1Rcarr124(2 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

$800. For a 14 year old!!! UNBELIEVABLE!

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I thought the downtown was safe? Maybe we need to rip down some of those vacant buildings to help fight the crime?

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Why was her son standing around outside after the games? Why wasn't he on his way home? The whole story sounds fishy to me especially a 14 year old with an $800 gold chain all alone in Youngstown. Should I mention a 34 year old mom with a 14 year old son - kids having kids. Just another example of what is wrong in Y-town these days.

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"She said the boy wanted to dress up for the event and left the house wearing a gold chain with a Jesus charm valued at $800."

Wear a $800 gold chain downtown where a bunch of teenagers are hanging out, your just asking for trouble.

"She filed a complaint with the internal-affairs department."

Blaming the security guard/police because of a 14 year old flaunting his gold chain. Priceless.

"“I am happy with it but still upset because if the officer had done his job, it wouldn’t have gotten this far,” she said."

Gotten this far, like, don't wear a $800 gold chain out in public. Wear it to family events or church events not a block party on Ravenwood or a teenage downtown basketball event.

Common sense goes a long long way in life.

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5Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

peyoyangwifewing

Yes it is the issue, "common sense" says not to wear expensive jewerly. Read the news... your nothing but a target!

A one second search....

"...Unfortunately, due to fear, valuable gold items are often kept in safes nowadays, rather than worn. A combination of high unemployment and high crime rates encourages people to keep gold out of sight.
Today, many people believe that expensive jewelry should not be worn at all. A robbery that occurred in Dallas last year left an impression on many people. A shopper, who was taking her groceries to her car at Whole Foods in North Dallas, was robbed of expensive jewelry and severely injured. Her jewelry was not only expensive, but one piece, given to her by her dad when she was young, was irreplaceable."

http://www.examiner.com/etiquette-in-...

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6oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

To a mother a child will always be her baby, some things most males will never ubderstand. I also invite anyone to take my gold chain . CC forever

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7palbubba(664 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

As always, it's someone else at fault. Blame the YPD, not yourself. Blame the hoodlums not your son. It just can't be your stupidity or your son's flaunting of an $800 necklace. I'd like to know who paid for this necklace and what the mothers profession is.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"She said the boy wanted to dress up for the event and left the house wearing a gold chain with a Jesus charm valued at $800."

They should arrest the boy for tempting the six young black males.

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9SpeedBuggy(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

$800.00 Necklace for a 14 year old?

Could have done more with the money, how about a college fund?

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I think that I make a lot of money and I do not have a 800 dollar gold chain my wife does not have a 800 dollar chain . And none if my kids have a 800 dollar chain . It is not that we can not afford one for all of us . But I guess our priorities are different . You could sell it and put the money in the bank for school in a few years . WHAT AN IDEA

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11redvert(2046 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If this 14 year old inherited his mother's smarts, he probably will not be college material.

palbubba, your taxes probably paid for part of that necklace!

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12steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Wearing such an expensive piece of gold in public probably wasn't a wise choice especially in Youngstown but just the same this young man wasn't doing anything wrong .

His gold caught the attention of scumbags intent on robbing somebody so if it wasn't this young man it would have been someone else.

All the kid wanted to do was dress up a little bit and go out for the evening.
I do however think given the situation in Youngstown an adult should have been with him or at least a few friends.
It's not safe to venture out anywhere alone in Youngstown.

And since the young man was dressed up who's to say if they didn't rob him of his gold they wouldn't have taken something else like his coat or shoes.

How many times have we heard about someone being hurt or killed because some worthless pos wanted a nice pair of Nikes or a flash hoodie or leather jacket.

I can't agree with mom's descision to let her son go out alone but he has every right to wear his cross and dress as he sees fit and nobody has the right to rob,steal or murder.

I'm glad the young man wasn't hurt and hopefully he gets his property back and the scum who robbed him gets a trip to jail.

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13Rokscout(310 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bear in mind, this entire account, complaint on the officer and all, is coming from a mother who wasn't there (most likely taken from the son's account). We don't know that this teen was "standing there minding his own business". Many times I have seen where these upstanding youth "stand around" after an event and cause chaos, fights, etc... Not to mention, mommy said the "officer" broke up the altercation, however, he probably was not aware or didn't witness the chain being stolen.

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14mrblue(968 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Too many questions and not enough answers. Wait for the investigation and see what really took place.

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15Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I felt like he would be OK. He was going to the Covelli Centre. I would not let him wear that [chain] to some block party on Ravenwood [Avenue], but this was at the Covelli Centre,” the mother said.

I know from a friend of mine in law enforcement that at one time there was a big drug house on ravenwood why would you let you 14yr old son go to a block party in the worst section of youngstown no matter what he was wearing.

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16redvert(2046 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Momma is just looking for a way to get money to replace kiddies necklace and then some.

We do know that this necklace was assayed at $800, right!!!

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17justonevoice(94 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

There's not a 14 year old kid on the planet that needs to be walking around with an $800 necklace around his neck no matter where he lives. Period.

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18captainpeewee(61 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

send this story to the wellfare office in y-town and stop baby momma checks they don,t need the money.

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19MrBill(42 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Captainpeewee sure has a point there......

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20blkpride(186 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You dumb box! You should be thanking this officer for possibly saving your sons life by braking up this fight! Your son's faux gold chain is not worth the risk of this officer taking them on 6 to 1. Your ghettoness by your own statement should gave known that there would have been other ghetto fab thugs at the event. The same block attendees were there at the center. You and your son are idiots for wearing that piece of ghetto crap jewelry and now you are looking to get paid! Step off my tax dollars, get a job or and education and become a productive member of society.

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21GTX66(341 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bling, Bling Bam!

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22blkpride(186 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

$800 gold chain! Sounds like someone needs to turn in their Ohio Direction Card!

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23bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

to be an outstanding parent, we are to teach our children about safety and morales. where are the morales here? why do we send our children out letting them wear such a thing, knowing what could possibly happen. this mother sounds to me like she needs some parenting classes, do not blame anyone but herself, she should have known better period!there will always be crime out there, do not set your own child up to be a victim, HOW DUMB!. i know my children are my life, and i know i would never give any attention like this to them.their safety is a priority. who knows , maybe this 800.00 chain was stolen from someone else. karma comes in many ways. we dont know the whole story.

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24Education_Voter(838 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I wonder what the boy's father would say about this.

Teenage boys always act so tough -- but when an incident of any magnitude happens, there's mother stepping in, and talking fast and loud.

Don't let your child wear an expensive piece of jewelry unless you can stand having him lose it.

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25Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@Education_Voter
I like your comment "I wonder what the boy's father would say about this."

Not once in all these story with youth in Youngstown getting in to trouble have we heard the father its alway the mom.

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26blkpride(186 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

What a great mother! She puts more value in a gold chain than making sure her son betters himself in school. Where are her values??!? $800 could buy some pretty good tutoring or a nice start to put towards his higher education.

If he was going to a block party she wouldn't have let him wear it. IF!!?!? you would consider letting him go to one PERIOD!?!? You lady are one screwed up parent!!!!

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27Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

In The Hood it's all about image . With all that gold this kid was a bad dude . Those that took the gold were impressed .

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28bmanresident(597 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@Education_Voter

The Father is most likely incarcerated.

Thus the 800 dollar chain we taxpayers helped purchase for this young lad.
And now the mother is trying to get an honest working police officer out of his job.
Pathetic scum.

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29Nunya22(315 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It doesn't matter where you are wearing jewerly people will steal from anywhere/anyone that includes church.

To the people getting on the mother and father of this young man.

Do yall have proof that she is a tacky unfit mother on welfare? Do yall have proof that this boy father has ever been locked up?

Do yall even have proof that there is college money put up for her son? Do yall know if he might have a scholarship for college?

If this mother is working and can afford it why is she not aloud to buy something like this for her child? What if other family members bought him this for?

Technically he should be able to wear his chain wherever he go like everyone else. It's just sad how ignorant people can be that they can careless about the next person especially around the holidays. Everyone be careful.

Overall that covelli center needs to be shut down until they can hire the proper security to help people be safe down there this is ridiculous.

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

http://www.facebook.com/people/Tennil...

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31Wakeup722(37 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@Stan. Lol. Facebook says she and her babies are in Orlando at the nickelodeon resort.

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32Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Not much prestige in bragging about being on the SouthSide . . ..

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33Rokscout(310 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Other news sources report three arrests in connection with this event.

Mommy can drop her complaint now........

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34Fields26(2 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It never surprises me how ignorant most of you can be. Most of you just seem to be biggots who read an article and assume you know everything, by the sound of some of your comments you guys are just as if not more dumb and ignorant than the mother who let her child go to the concert. Maybe it was a bad move on her part but to suggest she wants her kid to die is going a lil bit to far even for a dumb f*#% like yourself! Its not the kid's fault he wanted to look nice for a concert, if thats the case the time one of you simple idiots drive in your nice cars i guess it will be your fault if one you get your asses whipped and robbed to.

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35Fields26(2 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It never surprises me how ignorant most of you can be. Most of you just seem to be biggots who read an article and assume you know everything, by the sound of some of your comments you guys are just as if not more dumb and ignorant than the mother who let her child go to the concert. Maybe it was a bad move on her part but to suggest she wants her kid to die is going a lil bit to far even for a dumb f*#% like yourself! Its not the kid's fault he wanted to look nice for a concert, if thats the case the time one of you simple idiots drive in your nice cars i guess it will be your fault if one you get your asses whipped and robbed too.

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36Education_Voter(838 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Just to stick to the facts. The story doesn't say he went to a concert. It said he went to the series of high school basketball games held at the Covelli Center.
I knew plenty of kids who went there safely. Of course, when you are a 9th grader, your parents are likely to be there too.
I really wouldn't have my child hanging around outside waiting for his ride.

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37dawgalong(86 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

How can anybody be sure that there even was a chain? The senario does lend itself to the opportunity for the community to "pitch in" and support a fund at their local bank to help the distressed family purchase a new chain. Then, the ensuing lawsuit filed against the YPD will help with the pain and suffering. Opportunities like this do not come around very often.

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38opddad(61 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's see..a robbery and beating, 6 males against 1 (14 yr old male). Man, there must've been a cop there doing his/her job. How on earth is the 14 yr old victim still walking around, let alone not dead, with odds like that? Maybe, this might be a stretch, but maybe..it took 6 suspects to get the "chain" from the kid! Maybe, these guys are a bunch of "girlie hoods"! Ha!Ha! the kid held his own, taking on 6 at a time!
No, I think my first guess was more real..a cop took on 6 males and saved this boy from a real beating!
Could this robbery be payback from a 2002 incident? Does the chain really belong to someone else, and it was just "repossessed"?
Ms. Reeders filed a complaint, that's a start, get a papertrail going! She needs an attorney.There's $$ to sue for,against the city and Covelli Center, for not protecting her son! Heck..I can see it now in bright lights.. "Reeders Center"!

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39lmao(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

How come I've never met any of these daring courageous super cops these posters have been describing? there hasnt been a single cop in YPD history that took on six robbers unless he had no choice because he was the victim. you people live in fantasy land. obviously many of these posters have no concept of reality.
and these are the same pea brained ignoramous's that dont understand why the rest of the country laughs every time youngstown makes a national headline. you probably all voted for traficant too

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40davidjohn(144 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

why did the vindy eliminate the venerose comments

did they bother dellick

or hunter

or venerose

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41southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh yes, by all means the police are at fault. Give me a break; just another person trying to milk the system for money!

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