Kendrick High students charged with beating teen in school bathroom

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 1, 2014 

Timothy Hamilton

Police arrested one Kendrick High School student and have issued warrants for another after two boys plotted to lure their robbery victim into a bathroom, according to Columbus police reports.

The 17-year-old victim walked into the 6015 Georgetown Drive school’s bathroom after another student told him someone wanted to speak with him. He was immediately grabbed by students later identified as Joshua Key, 18, and Timothy Hamilton, 18.

Hamilton was arrested at the school. Police are looking for Key, who is described as a 5-foot-8, dark-skinned black man.

The victim told police Key choked him, lifting him off the ground while Hamilton punched his stomach repeatedly. The two then dropped the victim on the floor, further injuring his nose, which was broken in a previous incident, according to the report.

After Hamilton grabbed $8 out of the victim’s pocket, both men reportedly bolted out of the bathroom.

The officer reported the victim did not have many apparent injuries when they were speaking. However, the officer said security footage showed Hamilton and Key running out of the bathroom, with the victim exiting some minutes later, visibly upset.

When the officer found Hamilton, he said he was supposed to be serving in-school suspension, but had left the room without permission. He was earlier asked to leave campus, but refused, saying he had to call his mother, according to the report.

The officer said Hamilton admitted to being in the bathroom to hide from the assistant principal. Hamilton maintained that he never paid attention to the victim, though he said the victim made a choking sound, which he didn’t investigate.

Hamilton said he found the victim lying on the floor, and kicked him before running away. He revised his story when the officer asked why he would kick a choking student, according to the report.

Hamilton was charged with robbery, simple battery and criminal trespass.

Aggravated assault and robbery warrants have been released for Key. He was wearing red converse shoes during the incident, according to the report.

Because of privacy laws, the district could not comment on specific actions. But officials said that in situations like this one, students typically face additional disciplinary action, including suspensions and disciplinary tribunals.

Anyone with additional information should contact Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

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