Man assaulted, nearly loses finger for shoveling driveways in Hyde Park

Man attacked with shovel

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man was assaulted Sunday because he was shoveling snow off driveways in Hyde Park.

Cincinnati police say two suspects came up to Scotty Smith as he was shoveling in the 3100 block of Victoria Ave. around 11:20 a.m. The suspects accused Smith of taking their jobs.

According to police, one of the suspects punched Smith and hit him in the head with a shovel.

Smith put his hand up to protect himself and his ring finger was almost severed off.

“It’s ridiculous,” Smith said. “They’re going to end up hurting somebody even worse or even killing somebody out there."

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for his medical bills. Smith says doctors are trying to save his ring finger, but there’s a chance he might lose it.

The suspects fled westbound on Victoria Ave. in a 2000 - 2004 red Toyota Camry. Police say the suspects may have been caught on Ring cameras in the area.

Officers are asking residents in the Victoria, Raymar, Portsmouth, Paxton and Outlook areas to review their home surveillance systems and Ring cameras for video.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 512-352-3040.

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