The Kettering man arrested for allegedly firing a gun at a car Saturday on I-75 near Cincinnati is a registered nurse with a long history of traffic offenses, who just had his driving privileges reinstated this month.
Jonathan C. Rike, 37, had his initial court appearance Monday in Hamilton County court on counts of attempted murder and felonious assault, but he did not enter a plea.
Rike’s attorney argued that his client has a scarce criminal record, according to our news partner WCPO in Cincinnati, but Rike was still ordered held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $750,000 bond. His next appearance is scheduled Feb. 21.
He is accused of firing a gunshot at another car on northbound Interstate 75 in Lockland, striking the vehicle’s passenger door. Neither the adult male nor the two teens in the car were injured.
Dayton-area municipal court records show close to two dozen traffic citations against Rike over a period of years, many of them for speeding on highways.
Rike was cited on a drunk driving charge in Dayton in August. Onb Jan. 12, while that court case was ongoing, he was cited for driving under suspension in Hamilton County. Then on Jan. 19, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage, and the drunk driving charge was withdrawn, according to Dayton Municipal Court records.
On Jan. 24, Rike requested “occupational driving privileges,” and court records indicate those were granted beginning Feb. 1.
Rike lives on Corona Ave. in Kettering, near Shroyer Road, after previously living in West Carrollton. The state nursing board confirmed he has an active RN license, and Rike’s Facebook page lists two hospitals where he said he has worked, including one in Cincinnati.
Rike was northbound out of Cincinnati on Saturday morning when police say he pulled up alongside Sam Jarvis’ car near the 12.4 mile marker on I-75, according to WCPO. Alec Lee, a passenger in Jarvis’ car, said he saw Rike driving strangely.
“I thought he was just going to go behind us, because he was just slowing down, but all of a sudden he rolled down his window,” Lee said. “I just see this really angry looking man, and I just see him pull out a gun. At first I thought he was aiming at me … I thought he hit the trunk of the car.”
Rike fired one shot from a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber handgun, according to a police affidavit filed with Hamilton County Municipal Court. The bullet struck the lock on the passenger door, where Jarvis’ 13-year-old daughter Gracey was sitting.
“If it hadn’t hit the lock, it may have hit Gracey,” Lee said.
Gracey Jarvis took a picture of Rike’s car on her cellphone, which led to his arrest, WCPO reported.
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