A Super-Quick Look At Young Crime Today…

There’s been a lot of chatter among media-types about the PNC Bank robbery in the Highlands last week. Three guys robbed the bank and attempted to escape through Cherokee Triangle and Cherokee Park.

When eventually stopped by police, two of the suspects – an unnamed minor and Brad Scarbrough – got out of their get-away vehicle and surrendered. The other guy, Lucas Ohnimus, tried to escape, couldn’t and then shot himself in the head. He died a bit later that day from his self-inflicted wound.

Note: There’s a lot of speculation that Ohnimus was involved a similar December robbery but nothing conclusive has yet been released by police.

Ohnimus, deceased:


He was involved in this:






We were able to identify the accused minor, believed to be pictured here a couple years ago with Scarbrough, but won’t be revealing his name until police release that information:


After spending several hours digging through their Facebook profiles, communicating with their friends and such, it seems clear that Ohnimus and Scarbrough were both in financially difficult situations and appear to have been under extreme emotional stress.

That doesn’t excuse their actions, no, but it seems like an important part of the story that local media hasn’t picked up on. Or, more likely, has chosen to ignore because it complicates the overall sensational operational strategy of crime, blood and gore selling advertising while driving up panicked viewership.

There’s always a reason for people to take part in criminal acts like this. Here’s hoping Scarbrough and the minor eventually share that story with the public. Seems like there’s a lot this community could and should learn about helping youth/young adults today.

3 thoughts on “A Super-Quick Look At Young Crime Today…

  1. Thank you for taking a step to look into more than the medias spin. I personally know Brad and can attest he is a good kid who has NEVER been in any trouble. I too spent hours combing through all three boys Facebook pages to try to come up with something that would explain how Brad would be in custody and excused of this. Brad’s Facebook, he admittedly was very sick REDACTED. He talks about it really “messing” with his head and he was not thinking straight. He also mentions missing school and that his grade point average had dropped to a 2.1. He also appears overwhelmed that his mom was threating to kick him out (again his FB words), when he was so sick, and he was having trouble finding employment and needed a job to help pay for a semester of school should he lose his funding because of grades. He also talked about no one willing to listen to his problems like he was non-existent in the family unit. He obviously was struggling with many issues and appears extremely depressed. Which the recent post by friends show a fun loving kid having fun dancing and goofing off. The tone of his Facebook changes with the illness.

    I took his best friend out to dinner Saturday who has been friends with Brad since birth. When Brad’s best friend got the call that Brad was in Jail, he asked his Grandmother, “Brad who?” Brad was the last person he thought would EVER even step foot near a jail. Brad had originally got in to the Speed School at UofL but decided on another major. However, this is no dumb kid. This is a very smart good kid. All who know him are in pain and shock!

  2. Good people do bad things all the time. Particularly those still in their youth. Let’s not forget that. And there’s no excuse for criminal behavior. Do the crime, do the time, yadda yadda. The guy was allegedly involved and likely is not entirely innocent, so I don’t want to give the impression that we’re defending anything. The court system will work that out, thanks to video surveillance, cell phone data and such.

    But we’re certainly interested in the how, the why, the back story that never gets told because it’s not something that will drive television viewership.

    Who are these people? What went wrong in their lives? What drove them to this point of breaking? Did their community allow them to fall through the cracks? Did others turn a blind eye?

    Mainstream television “news” is focused on the bottom line: extracting as much cash as humanly possible by sensationalizing everything. (Not the fault of journalists but their bosses.) Local television would have us believe these are three hardened criminals with a history of violent bank robbery. The gossip circles immediately turn to drugs and all that nonsense.

    So it’s tough to know what’s what without digging deeper.

    Personally, I believe providing context for this incident is as important as reporting the crime(s). Because actual human beings are involved.

    What you mention above is exactly what needs to be part of the original reporting.

  3. Interesting read of Scarbrough’s Facebook posts. He references a variety of pressures, illness REDACTED, and the fear of being kicked out and needing to find a job. He does sound sincere in wanting to work, but I wonder how seriously he was looking. He references difficulty with his mother, who ironically is featured on a page this month in Today’s Woman.

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