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Assault of boy in Warren probed



Published: Sat, July 24, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.
  Fight in Warren

No arrest yet in baseball-bat attack

By ED RUNYAN

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

The Warren Police Department continued to investigate a Wednesday night baseball-bat assault on a 15-year-old boy that his mother says has left him “half dead.”

Police had not made an arrest in the assault as of Friday evening, but the department’s task has been made more difficult by a lack of cooperation from some of the adults involved, Police Chief Tim Bowers said.

On Thursday, four women, one of them apparently the mother of the victim, Verdarell Lowery of Logan Street Southeast, came to the police department to talk to Bowers.

They had with them a cell phone with video on it showing Verdarell being injured, but they refused to provide the police department with the footage, Bowers said.

“That’s your job,” one of the women told Bowers, the chief said, adding that at least one of the women also called Bowers a racist and other names.

Bowers said the department would find another way to acquire the footage, which was broadcast Friday on WFMJ-TV 21, The Vindicator’s media affiliate.

It showed Verdarell in the midst of a large group of young people that were fighting, wrestling and yelling and then someone coming around behind Verdarell with a baseball bat and hitting him squarely on the head, knocking him immediately to the ground.

At least one young female is seen coming immediately to Verdarell’s aid.

Verdarell did not appear to be fighting anyone at the time of the assault and was unaware that he was about to be struck.

A Commerce Street Northwest woman and her son told police Wednesday night that Vardarell and some other boys had gone to Brier Street because they had heard there was going to be a fight.

Police said a 911 caller estimated that 50 juveniles were involved in the fighting. When police arrived, they saw “a large group of juveniles.”

The incident took place at the corner of Brier Street and Duke Avenue Southeast about 8:30 p.m.

A resident of nearby Wick Street Southeast who wished not to be identified said the area where the fight took place is generally serene, with only occasional fighting but nothing serious.

He noted that fighting in the neighborhood generally increases in the summertime out of boredom. “There’s nothing for them [children] to do,” he said.

Though Warren police said Verdarell was taken by helicopter from Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital to Akron Children’s Hospital, a spokeswoman at the Akron hospital said it had no record of his being there. She said patients have the right to “opt out” of being listed as a patient.

Verdarell’s mother, Kim Lowery, told WFMJ Thursday that her son is “half dead” with swelling and bleeding on the brain.

No one answered the door at the Lowery residence Friday afternoon.

Mayor Michael O’Brien said Friday night that solving the crime is “very important to us” and he is hopeful an arrest will be made very soon. The main suspect is a teenager, O’Brien said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 330-841-2660.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The black youths acted like animals in the WFMJ video. They all showed no family moral values at all. Now the WPD is not getting any coperation to identify them with a video showing the atack even from his family? Where are the Warren Black Ministers who always go after the WPD whenever anything happens to blacks in Warren? They should be leading the charge to identify the doers and get them behind bars now.

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2Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Why wouldn't these people want to share their information with the police? That makes no sense to me. Anything they can do to help identify and prosecute the guilty party would seem like the thing to do. Or do they hate cops so badly? As for calling the cop a racist, perhaps he is; I don't know. But the blacks have their prejudices too. And you know what? They have to take responsibility for the situation they are in. They have the opportunities to take advantage of an education and improve their lives; they don't have to wallow down in the dirt if they don't want to do so. Don't give me racist. There is prejudice all over and it isn't just the whites vs the blacks for the blacks have their own prejudices and we whites are not responsible for their situations!

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3Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

One has to ask...Who is this "mother" protecting? It doesn't appear to be her hospitalized son. Any decent parent would do all they could to help apprehend the persons that put her son so near death. But this "parent" is doing everything to interfere with the police department conducting this investigation. Just because she has a grievance with the Warren police is no reason to allow these scumbag thugs their freedom while her son lays so close to death. She has mouth enough to condem the police, but no mouth to help her son. And one also must ask...Where are the parents of the boy who swung the bat and the parents of the boy who stomped on the victims head? They're no better than their scumbag kids that are so "brave" as to attack someone from behind. Maybe this is just typical of all those involved. They think they can get away with anything because of who they are.Yet they are so very quick to cry raciaism. Where are all the ministers that "fought" to reinstate the girls that were fighting in school...are they going to support the criminals that did this or the police who are trying to do their job. Now is the time to stand up or SHUT UP.

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4JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"They had with them a cell phone with video on it showing Verdarell being injured, but they refused to provide the police department with the footage, Bowers said."

The person with the cell phone who refused to turn it over to the police should be charged with obstructing justice.

As already stated, these people don't even want to help themselves. It's no wonder these kids act like a bunch of animals.

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5JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

When or if it comes down to someone being charged, there probably will be another court melee.

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6JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately, as lefty83 put it, it will be somebody else's fault.
Somehow the Warren Police department will get blamed.

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7mrblue(1060 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

You have evidence but refuse to turn it over to the police---you are a moron. In other words, this kind of behavior is just fine with you. What kind of a mother wouldn't want to find the person who did this? This is unacceptable.

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8steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Union aka old man grump I have to agree with you on this.
Once again we see a total lack of family morals and values.

I can't believe the mother of that boy not bending over backwards to help the police in this case .."That's your job "
Well wtf is her job as a parent ???

The chief is a racist ?
Why ? because he's white ?
Funny I didn't see any white folks involved in that fight but what the heck let's blame whitey anyway.
We all know white people are to blame for the condition of the black community.
Where's Rev.Al and Jesse ?

It's whiteys fault that several so called black parents knew about this fight and did nothing to prevent it and now mommy dearest has the crime on video and won't co-operate with the police but has the stones to call the man a racist and a few other choice names.

Now before I'm painted with the racist brush I'd like to say nobody was more angry than me when those young boys comming home from school had a gun pulled on them by a Warren cop and were forced to lay in the mud.

He should have been fired that day and charges filed against him !!!
All I'm saying as a parent black or white we have an obligation to our children and this woman is not stepping up to do what's right as the parent of this young man.

Calling the police chief a racist is not going to help her boy or bring justice to her son.
And every adult who knew that fight was going to take place and did nothing to stop it are just as responsible for this crime as the person who used the bat.

And if that opinion makes me a racist so be it.
And Grump/Union you're right.....
Where are the black community leaders ?
Bet your life had it been a white kid swinging that bat they'de be in the streets demanding action and throwing the race card out there first !!!

I'm going to hope and pray this young man will recover.
At 15 years old his whole life is still in front of him.
And to you mother of that poor kid your name calling and race baiting is disgracful.

Your poor son is fighting for his life and the best you can do for him is call the police chief names ?
You have solid proof and evidence of a violent crime yet you refuse to help .
Maybe you should be charged with obstruction and child endangering as should every adult who knew this fight was going to take place !!!

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9Hank13(2 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Some questions:
Why was the fight being photographed on the cell phone? Do you suppose that might have been for the purpose of entertainment? Was it the victim's mother who was making the video? If so, instead of continuing to photograph, why didn't she immediately go to her son's aid after the attack? For that matter, if a person other than the mother was taking the pictures, why didn't she immediately call the police? Consider my first 2 questions.

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10TeresaB(82 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Something is definitely fishy with the mother and the video. I feel terrible for the young man, but jeez what a piece of work his mother is. They should charge her NOW with obstructing a police investigation. If they don't it will just let more of these bafoons know they can get away with not aiding a police investigation. What a piece of @#@#! she is

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11JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I got the impression that the person with the phone video was someone other than the mother, although the police did not identify who that person is.
None the less, the mother of this kid is showing us why this culture is out of control - no responsibility.

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12Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I think it may be time to just close off these areas and let them protect and take care of themselves.Just let those who will not help our taxpayer's police do their own job of police work.. Then they will have no one to blame .

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13jr99(92 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Like I said in an earlier article about this incident, this has EVERYTHING to do about race. Not one white person was seen in that footage. Just another typical incident from typical blacks. Let them solve their own crimes, and the police will be able to protect the LAW-ABIDING, TAX-PAYING citizens who actually want and deserve help.

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14Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

<"They had with them a cell phone with video on it showing Verdarell being injured, but they refused to provide the police department with the footage, Bowers said.">

This amazes me. Why in the world wouldn't you provide the police with the video to start finding the useless animal that did that. If this was my son, I would not only hand the video over but try to assist the police every way I can. Nothing but idiots!

<“That’s your job,” one of the women told Bowers, the chief said, adding that at least one of the women also called Bowers a racist and other names.>

You have a KEY piece of evidence in your hands and refuse to give it to the cops. Is that stupidity or what? Makes no sense the thinking of these fools.

So tired of the racist card. What does that have to do with this case. NOTHING. Especially if you don't want to hand over the video. How dumb can you be. And of course the racist card as the norm. So tired of that.

<<He noted that fighting in the neighborhood generally increases in the summertime out of boredom. “There’s nothing for them [children] to do,” he said.>>

So there bored and they fight. What happened to trying to do something constructive with your life. I thought you fight when you have a beef with someone not out of boredom. Unreal the thinking.

All in all, get off the racist kick and do everything in your power to find this low life animal instead of crying to the press,media,TV when you should be helping the police with all your energy.

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15JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Not only the cell phone owner refusing to help the police, I would imagine that almost everyone at the fight knows who swung the bat - and probably very few, if any, has identified that person for the police.

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