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3 Niles men accused of kidnapping and beating woman, 21

Published: Sat, November 24, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Indictments mark suspects as gang members under law

By Ed Runyan



Three young Niles men, indicted last week by a Trumbull County grand jury and accused of gang activity, are accused of kidnapping and badly assaulting a 21-year-old Niles woman.

They were arrested Sept. 21.

A Niles police report said that on Sept. 15 the woman was held hostage for three hours at a home on North Chestnut Avenue, during which time she was pistol-whipped, stomped on, beaten with a belt and kicked in the groin.

The woman’s stepmother told police the woman was “terrified” to talk to police about the assault “because they threatened to kill [the victim’s] kids and family.”

The stepmother told police she thought the young men involved were “the so-called gang members Savages.”

The indictments for Douglas E. McGuire, 18, Jamaz L. Protho, 18, and Daniel J. Uncapher, 20, say all three participated in the assault and other acts, marking them as gang members under Ohio law.

Each man faces charges that could produce a prison sentence of up to 40 years. Protho and Uncapher have remained in the Trumbull County jail since their arrest. McGuire was able to post $50,000 bond and was released Oct. 1 pending trial.

The charges include kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated robbery with a gun in the Sept. 15 assault and “participating in a criminal gang,” a charge not seen in Trumbull County recently.

Their indictments say the three men and three juveniles were part of a gang known as Savages, Savage Inc. or Savage Ent. that used colors and engaged in illegal activities.

McGuire is of 36 Washington Ave.; Protho is of 164 Royal Mall; and Uncapher is of 1340 Youll Street.

Those addresses are spread throughout the northeastern part of the city, but a Niles woman who knows many of the young men and boys says the focus of their activities was close to her home in the northeast corner of Robbins Avenue and state Route 46.

Just a couple of markings are left on a garage and a garbage bin along an unnamed alley behind the Circle Street apartments. White paint covers up at least two other garages where Savage graffiti had been.

Chelle Kowal says the reason Savage members marked up so many buildings near Circle Street is that they frequently spent time in a parking lot there, and some of the juveniles in the gang lived on Circle Street. They also spent time across Robbins Avenue near Murphy Park.

Niles police, who say prosecutors have asked them not to discuss the criminal charges against McGuire, Protho and Uncapher, concur with Kowal that the gang was responsible for graffiti near Circle Street and near Murphy Park.

A newly built bridge across Mosquito Creek to carry bike trail traffic on the Niles Bikeway had to be repainted before the public unveiling in October because of Savage graffiti, Detective Dan Atkins said.

Kowal said it’s easy to dismiss the actions of the approximately 10 boys and young men involved as “wannabe” gang activity because of their age, but their actions have become increasingly dangerous.

“At this point, it’s not just kids trying to be cool. It’s bad. They’re breaking into cars. They’re breaking into houses. They’re playing with guns. A lot of them were innocent to begin with. I knew them as nice little boys. As they started hanging out with the older boys, they wanted to do what the older boys do,” she said.

Over time it became apparent that the older boys were threatening the younger ones, she said.

“You can’t get out of it that easily. Some wanted out, but they were threatened, beaten up,” she said.

Kowal said she’s known one of the three men charged since he was a little boy and has tried to persuade him to get out of the group. She also tried to keep her teenaged daughter away from the group, but it’s been hard because some are her friends.

In addition to using graffiti to mark their “territory,” the Savages wear green bandannas.

Since the Sept. 21 arrest, things have been quiet in her neighborhood, Koval said.

In addition to the Sept. 15 assault, Protho and boys age 15 and 16 are charged with the Sept. 8 assault of a man on North Bentley Avenue in which the youths pulled up at 11:22 p.m. in a silver Jaguar and yelled, “Get out of the road.” The man was walking with his wife and daughter.

After other words were exchanged, four youths got out of the car and “sucker punched” the 50-year-old man and continued to hit him, leaving a head wound.

Protho and McGuire also face one charge each of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. That stems from a “controlled” drug buy set up by Niles police Aug. 9 at McGuire’s house. McGuire and Protho sold fake heroin, but selling fake heroin carries the same potential penalty as selling real heroin, Atkins said.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"The stepmother told police she thought the young men involved were “the so-called gang members Savages.”

Savages! How funny is that, little young useless punks that aim to be gangsta's. Then they wonder why there dying at such a early age. This is where the parent(s) need to step up and set these little idiots straight. I'm sure they'll blame everyone and everything why there little monsters are so useless.

15 to 18 year olds driving a jaguar living in the projects. And no one asks how? Amazing.

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2holken(8 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

These bad boys don't deserve the attention the media is giving them. The juveniles are kids whose parents should put them in time out and make them sit in the corner. The adults are the real losers here. Rather than go out and mix it up with other adults, or real gang bangers, they stay in Niles and play with children thinking they are bad asses. Now they see what happens when they try to act like big boys. Tough guys pistol whipping, stomping on, beating with a belt, and kicking a girl in the groin... A Girl!!! Then they spray paint grafitti on a new bridge, Wow they are really tough. I hope they meet some real gang members in prison......lol

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3kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The problem is that these kids don't have mothers or fathers. Mom's out with her latest crackhead boyfriend and dad was just a sperm donor. It's hard to hear but it's the elephant sitting in the center of the room. Society has used all of it's resources to help educate people and also give them free handouts. Nothing works. Some people just don't want help. They'd rather use the system and commit crimes then blame everyone else for their problems. Crazy world.

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4steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Here is a prime opportunity for the prosecutor,judge and legal system to end this nonsense.

"Savages" ? lmaooooo pleaseeee
Candy A$$ES is much more fitting.
These gutless little parasites need a dose of reality starting with sharing a tiny prison cell with Big Ugly Bubba washing his underware and trimming his toe nails.

Again I encourage all law abiding citizens to get their ccw permit and go the the range and practice.
You have the right to protect yourself and your family

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5mcree(22 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Why was bail even an option....there should have been no bail whatsoever. It is obvious these punks are repeat offenders....now one of them is still running around to possibly take revenge on anyone who went against him. Send these punks to jail and let the "real" ganstas handle them. The parents of these so called wannabes need to lock their kids up at home and make them do chores and community work until they are too tired to cause trouble. Obviously, they are not being supervised or maybe their parents are no better. Very sad that kids who don't work or pay taxes think they "own" the place.

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6johnbates4(16 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This isn't the projects. The area these kids were in is a middle class neighborhood. You can argue it is lower middle class, there's probably some section eight housing sprinkled in but this isn't the projects by a long shot. Check your facts before you speak.

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Wow Niles must be getting bad .!!!!
Sounds more and more like Boardman everyday . SAD

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8sameolhub(56 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

geezz these aren't black kids are they? wink wink, lock em up throw away the key........beat up a 50 yr old, maybe give them the injection.........

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9Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


Whether it's the projects or not, is irrelevant!! These little useless punks are driving a Jaguar, your going to tell me there mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, babysitter, etc gave it to them for getting good grades in school? It's was a tongue in check comment Einstein, bottom line, is these little useless cockroaches are on the road to prison or death. And then your going to have everyone say how "great" they were, we need justice, memorial and the whole 9 yards. Are you not tired of it? Don't it tick you off knowing "innocent" civilized citizens are the victims of these little wannabe gangstas?? Quit trying to stick up for the little useless DNA'S! They have no business slithering in a civilized society.

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10johnbates4(16 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Again read my comment, I never made a statement in defense of these guys. I agree they are scumbags. Your comment shows a lot about the thought process of general society. Again this wasn't "the projects." As I had stated previously this is a middle class neighborhood. This type of activity is leaching itself into all types of areas and socioeconomic neighborhoods. Finally, I find it down right hilarious you call me Einstein but cannot properly use your/you're. Kind of funny.

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11Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


"Again this wasn't "the projects.""

Again, who cares if it was the projects or not. That is irrelevant. Comprehend? And the Einstein comment was tongue in cheek, but I guess that went right over your head. Do you never joke around or have fun? Sad. Quit taking life so seriously, it's way 2 short!

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