Six People Charged Following Zanesville Cemetery Assault


UPDATED: Tuesday April 29, 2014 4:33 PM

Zaneville Police say they have charged six people after an assault last week at Woodlawn Cemetery.

According to police, 45-year-old David Rouch was jogging through the cemetery and confronted a group of teens after they were throwing rocks at a sign in the cemetery.  A fight soon broke out between 18-year-old Larry Hamilton and Rouch.

As they were on the ground, another student, 17-year-old Brandon Bruce, allegedly kicked Rouch, causing a partially collapsed lung and bruised ribs.  Two more juvenile students also joined in on the assault.

Rouch and Hamilton were charged with disorderly conduct, while Bruce was charged with felonious assault.  The three juveniles also face misdemeanor charges in the case.

Rouch told 10TV last week that after the attack, he had “some cracked ribs, bruised ribs and a collapsed lung, and I'm in a lot pain."

He says the attack in the cemetery was provoked by the students, but admits he started the fight because he felt threatened.

“I knew they were coming. I was trying to defend myself, but I was outnumbered."

Meanwhile, the school system is conducting its own internal investigation.

Read more: Zanesville Man Says He Was Attacked 

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