SPRINGDALE, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced is seeking the death penalty for a 20-year-old suspect in the stabbing death of Emilio Ramirez and stabbing attacks of four young children.
"This is a terrible crime," Deters said Wednesday in a prepared statement. "To break into someone's home and stab him to death and stab four innocent young children for absolutely no reason is horrific."
Akihiko Clayton was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder, four counts each of aggravated murder and felonious assault, eight counts of felonious assault and one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
On July 2, prosecutors say Clayton forced entry into an apartment located at 1108 Chesterdale Circle at the Willows of Springdale.
He stabbed Ramirez, 33, multiple times, killing him, Deters said, before turning the knife on four children in the home; twin 2-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy.
Clayton's whereabouts was not immediately clear Wednesday. He is not at the Hamilton County jail.
Police say Clayton had been arrested and booked into the Kenton County Jail on July 28 for unrelated robbery and kidnapping charges.