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Arrest made in beating of Xavier recruit

Jonathan Spatz (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Spatz (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Griffin McKenzie Griffin McKenzie

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An Indian Hill man has been arrested in connection with the assault of a Xavier University basketball recruit.

Jonathan Spatz, 22, is charged with felonious assault and two counts of unlawful restraint. He was arraigned on Friday morning and had his bond set at $15,000.

According to court documents, Spatz and an associate, identified as Charles Greer, caused serious harm to Griffin McKenzie by punching him in the head with closed fists during an incident on June 19.

McKenzie, a  6'9", 220-pound forward from Moeller High School, will be a freshman at Xavier in the fall and is signed to play basketball. Police say McKenzie suffered a fractured jaw, a broken nose and lost several lost teeth during the scuffle. He had to be hospitalized for medical treatment, but his condition is unknown.

According to court documents, Spatz also held two other men against their will at a location in the 8500 block of Owl Woods Drive.

A warrant was issued for Spatz's arrest, and he was taken into custody and booked in the Hamilton County Justice Center around 1 p.m. Thursday.

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