Arrest made after leader of anti-heroin group beaten, kidnapped

Updated: Jun. 12, 2019 at 10:04 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A man was charged with multiple offenses are police say he assaulted, robbed and kidnapped the leader of NKY Hates Heroin.

According to court documents, Jonathan Ramsey struck Eric Specht with a wooden object causing injuries while robbing him outside of his workplace in Cincinnati on Wednesday, June 5. Specht said he was caught off guard immediately.

“He just peeled out from behind the car, arm raised, no ‘Hi how are you doing’ or anything like that,” said Specht. “It was wham, wham, wham -- just whaling on me.”

He then forced Specht into the Specht’s vehicle at knife point and drove off with Specht in the passenger seat, documents say. Ramsey drove into Kentucky over the Brent Spence Bridge. Specht said he saw flashing police lights ahead of a construction zone and grabbed the steering wheel.

"I thought, well, this is the best opportunity I’m going to have with beautiful blue lights flashing,” said Specht.

Specht also said he believes Ramsey was on drugs at the time as he continued to threaten his life.

“I don’t want to hurt you, but I’ll cut your throat, I’ll stick you, I’ll cut your throat," Specht recalls his abductor saying.

Specht said the officer didn’t see the swerving vehicle and they ended up on the 12th Street Exit where they hit another vehicle. He said Ramsey got away with his phone and wallet.

Court documents say Ramsey was identified by fingerprints on the vehicle and surveillance video. He was charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. Ramsey is being held on a $780,000 bond.

This all comes while the Specht family is preparing for the NKY Hates Heroin 5K. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year. If you would like to help combat drugs in your community they would like for you to participate this Saturday at Simon Kenton High School.

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