June 28, 2018
Well, you can’t make any omelettes without cracking some skulls open.
The manager of an Over-the-Rhine bar is hospitalized with a serious injury after she was violently attacked while walking to her car, according to Cincinnati police.
“She almost died,” said her boss, Molly Wellman, owner of Japp’s on Main Street.
Investigators are searching for the suspect who punched Jennifer “Jen” Watts in the face with a closed fist in the 1100 block of Sycamore Street at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, an incident report shows.
Her sister told police she had a brain hemorrhage while at the hospital and is in serious condition, the report states.
One of Japp’s bartenders, Danny McPherson, was walking Jennifer to her car when they saw a man arguing with police outside Tree House Bar.
Then he got into a car and took off, but crashed into cars, so McPherson took his IPhone out to take pictures to document it, along with the license plate on the suspect’s car.
But before he could get his camera to operate, the suspect punched Jen.
“He hit Jen so hard, she fell to the ground and it cracked her head open,” Wellman said.
Crime Stoppers has released a photo of Lucien Lanier in hopes that the public can help apprehend him.