Fairfield man faces three felony charges after authorities say he threatened to
harm motorists who provided him with rides in two separate incidents since
Judah Hargrove, 39, is being held at the Hamilton County Justice
Center. He's been charged with one count each of kidnapping, robbery and
The first incident was Saturday in the 11,000 block of Springfield
Pike in Springdale.
said Hargrove threatened with an implied handgun a woman who said she had been
approached for a ride after work in downtown Cincinnati by a black male. The
man said he needed a ride to Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to court
The woman agreed to give the man a ride. She asked for
identification, he complied and she took a photo of his Ohio identification
card before allowing him in her vehicle. Hargrove was identified as the
While traveling, Hargrove gave directions to the woman. They ended
up on Ohio 4 near Cameron Road. Hargrove told the woman to pull into an office
building at 11311 Springfield Pike, telling her it was a shortcut. Hargrove had
the woman drive to the building's rear where he told her to park the car, turn
the car off and turn the vehicle's interior lights off.
The woman argued with Hargrove. He told her again to turn the car
off, saying he had a .44 caliber pistol and wouldn't shoot her if she did what
he asked. He said if she did anything, he would shoot her. Hargrove repeatedly
put his hand into his jacket pocket. The woman jumped out of the vehicle, hit
the car alarm and screamed.
Hargrove fled from the vehicle on foot toward Ohio 4.
The second incident was Tuesday in the 600 block of Northland
Boulevard in Forest Park. It began at a Kroger store on Madison Pike in
Covington, the alleged victim told FOX19.
It started as a quick trip to this grocery store Monday
night. Tracie Garcia says she just needed a few gallons of milk for her baby
but as she made her way to her car, the quick trip turned into the most
terrifying night of her life.
As she left around 10 p.m., Hargrove asked her for a quick ride. His car battery was dead and the temperatures were below freezing. Garcia
decided to help.
"He just seemed so
honest about his situation and I think everybody has been in that situation at
some point and I'm like, 'ok two blocks," says Garcia
blocks turned into more than 20 miles. Eventually, Hargrove told Garcia to drive to an ATM in Forest Park
demanding she get him money.
"I was pleading with
him saying please I don't have a pin. He said how do you use it. I said I use
it as credit. I sign. I don't get cash. And he didn't believe me," says Garcia.
forced her to drive further. After
an hour of being held against her will, Garcia saw an opportunity. A gas station was open on Northland
"He grabbed the
steering wheel and the next thing I know we are fighting over the steering
wheel and I just gunned it. I pulled in there and I saw a gentleman getting gas
I just thought God please let him see that there is a problem," says Garcia.
jumped out of the car and ran inside pleading for help. Hargrove ran on foot and hours later police
had him in custody. It was a terrifying
night she says she will never forget.
"I'm just very
lucky," says Garcia.
is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $50,000 bond. He will
be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court.