Mt. Lookout man arrested for hiring men to beat neighbor

Robert Fritzsch (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Fritzsch (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of a Mt. Lookout resident on Monday for felonious assault.

Robert Fritzsch, 57, is charged with one count of Retaliation, one count of Complicity and one count of Felonious Assault after hiring two people to beat Thomas Nies, Jr, also of Mt. Lookout. If convicted of all charges, Fritzsch faces the possibility of 19 years in prison.

Fritzsch surrendered to court services Thursday morning. He was booked in the Hamilton County Justice Center briefly before posting a 10 percent of $5,000 bond.

"Fritzsch hired two thugs to beat Mr. Nies in his own home and in plain sight of his young child. To do this over a real estate dispute is reprehensible. Fortunately, the Cincinnati Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were able to work together to solve this unusual case," said Prosecutor Deters.

Nies was beaten outside of his house by two unknown people and suffered a concussion and serious injury. Police say Lee Robinson, 31, and James Calloway, 34, planned the assault, although they did not actually participate in it. The two men were previously charged with one count of Felonious Assault and one count of Extortion for planning the attack then trying to extort more money from Fritzsch.

Robinson and Calloway's cases are pending before Judge Myers and are set for a Jan. 17 pre-trial. If convicted, they face up to 18 years in prison.

Fritzsch and Nies had a pending civil suit in Hamilton County involving a real estate dispute, which is believed to be the motive.

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