Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Ricardo Meadows (DOB 10/20/97) and Ryan Stoll (DOB 8/28/97). Meadows is now indicted on 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) with gun specifications, 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) with gun specifications and 1 count of Kidnapping (Felony 1) with gun specifications. If convicted of all charges, he faces in excess of 25 years in prison. Stoll is now indicted for 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) with gun specifications and a Repeat Violent Offender Specification, 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) with gun specifications and a Repeat Violent Offender specification, 1 count of Kidnapping (Felony 1) with gun specifications and a Repeat Violent Offender Specification, 2 counts of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3) and 1 count of Carrying Concealed Weapons (Felony 4). If convicted of all charges, Stoll faces in excess of 50 years in prison.
On August 11th, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Meadows, Stoll, a juvenile defendant and another unidentified defendant kidnapped victim Zachery Dunigan demanding a ransom of $5,000. The victim stated that he was not able to produce the money and was then driven around in the trunk of his car for several hours. During the course of this incident, the victim was released from the trunk and beaten and shot 6 times by the defendants.
The victim managed to run away and cross 4 lanes of traffic on Ronald Reagan Highway. The defendants caught up with him and shot him 3 more times in the head and left him on the side of the highway.
The victim managed to get to Walmart located at 8451 Colerain Avenue and call for help around 3:00 a.m. on August 12th. The Colerain Police Department responded and transported the victim to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The victim was treated and released the next day.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Deters commented, “If this were a movie, everybody would say that this is too far-fetched to seem believable.
Over the course of more than 12 hours, Mr. Dunigan was driven around in the trunk of his car, beaten and shot. After being beaten and shot 6 times, the victim managed to run across all 4 lanes of Ronald Reagan Highway only to have the defendants catch him and shoot him 3 more times in the head. I’m sure at that point the defendants left him for dead but the victim refused to die and was able to make it ½ mile to a Walmart to seek help.
This is violence beyond belief. It is a miracle that the victim survived.”
The juvenile co-defendant’s mandatory bind-over to adult court is set for a pre-trial before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Williams on September 3rd at 9:00 a.m.