November 28, 2014


North Ridgeville Police seek 3 males in assault of teenager

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are asking for the public’s help to find those responsible for the weekend assault and robbery of a local teen.

Police Lt. Greg Petek, a detective working on the case, said three black males ranging in age from 15 to 20 are being sought for the Saturday night attack that left 16-year-old Nick Vincenzo with a broken facial bone and bruises.

“We’re asking for any witnesses who might have seen something to give us a call,” Petek said. “Center Ridge Road is a pretty busy area, especially around the close of the Corn Festival. We hope somebody saw something.”

The teen was attacked shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday as he walked home along Center Ridge Road from the Corn Festival grounds at Bainbridge and Avon-Belden roads, said his father, Jon Vincenzo, who said he was initially apprehensive about releasing his son’s name or any photos in the aftermath of the attack.

He later decided to do so after being contacted by Cleveland television stations about the incident, which was reported Tuesday in The Chronicle-Telegram.

As Nick reached the intersection of Center Ridge and Ridge Plaza, a gold-colored car containing five black males pulled up, the elder Vincenzo said.

Three males got out of the vehicle and asked the teen for his cell phone memory card.

The boy, a junior at Elyria Catholic High School, told his father he was then punched and knocked to the ground by the suspects, and repeatedly kicked in the head.

The attackers took $12 in cash, the teen’s iPhone, and most of his clothing, leaving him clad only in his underwear and socks.

Petek speculated Vincenzo’s attackers may have taken the youth’s clothing to prevent him from trying to follow them.

“They told him to stay where he was, but he got up and ran,” Petek said. “I don’t know what the motive was for that. Humiliation could have been a factor.”

Police are trying to determine a motive for the incident.

“We think they chose their victim at random and because he was by himself,” Petek said.

No weapon was observed or used in the attack, Petek said, adding, “This was a strong-arm robbery.”

Nick walked to a Center Ridge Road gas station where he was initially hassled by passers-by, but was eventually given a phone and a shirt.

The teen is recovering at home and faring well, according to his father.

Nick plays baseball at Elyria Catholic.

Police do not believe the suspects are from North Ridgeville as their victim did not know them, and “had familiarity with local kids,” Petek said, “and coupled with the fact some leads we’ve got through social media indicate they weren’t local.”

Petek stressed the attack occurred some distance from the Corn Festival grounds.

“We wanted to make that clear so it doesn’t distract people from coming to the festival,” Petek said. “We do not have any experience of this type of thing happening here, and we don’t want that to become commonplace.”

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call police at (440) 327-2191.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or

  • oldruss

    Somebody in the local community in Lorain or Elyria knows who these thugs are. How many black teenagers drive around in a gold-colored car?

  • Lydia Sinclair

    They chose their victim at random because he was alone and white. This smells like a hate crime

    • Bill Love

      Cant be a hate crime u have to be gay or a minority for a hate crime atleast that is how the law is written

    • evilsandmich

      About as “random” as “polar bear hunting”.

    • John Barleycorn

      they are all hate crimes when perpetrated by the groid .

    • Terence Sommer

      It is, but the MSM likes to play games on our civilized sentiments. God, how I wish times would turn.

  • alreadyfedup1

    When does the riot start?

    • evilsandmich

      As if the perpetrators don’t live somewhere that isn’t half burned already.

  • Crystal Nutter

    Such Cowards these guys were and thats how it usually is because they cant do anything alone. Makes me sick and i hope they are caught and beat the same way while in jail!!

  • Don Grantzki

    It makes me so mad, i feel like looting a NR store then going home and burning my house down!

  • evilsandmich

    Police are trying to determine a motive for the incident.

    And if need be they’ll make one up if they are unable to find one that won’t get them audited by the Obama Democrat Revenue Service.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Don’t the business on that corner have security cameras ?

  • John Barleycorn

    gotta luv the groid

  • Lord Sandwich

    Here comes the diversity. Prepare to be culturally enriched.