Davante Whitaker, 21, Middletown, was charged with felonious assault, having weapons under a disability, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm in a liquor establishment, after he allegedly shot Thomas Wilkerson on Tuesday at Charles and North outside of Bar Boca. Another unnamed suspect is under investigation. Whitaker is being held in the Middletown City Jail under a $325,000 bond. His next court date is 2 p.m. Dec. 7, according to jail records.
Wilkerson was shot multiple times and was last reported in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. There was no updated information on Wilkerson’s condition available on Thursday afternoon.
Darquan Barefield, 23, Middletown, was arrested Tuesday night at a house on Waite Street, where detectives recovered drugs and two loaded handguns. Barefield was booked in Middletown City Jail on warrants for two counts of felonious assault, discharging a firearm within city limits and carrying a concealed weapon. Additional charges are pending against Barefield, but have not been announced.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 on the charges against Barefield. He was being held in jail under a $175,000 bond.
Anthony Jennings, 19, of Middletown, who was charged with a misdemeanor offense of obstruction official business in connection with the Nov. 22 shooting on Brown Street, appeared Nov. 23 in Middletown Municipal Court where he entered a no contest plea and was found guilty. He received a suspended 10-day jail sentence and a $100 fine.
Ray Davis, 19, of Middletown, who also was charged on Nov. 22 with obstruction of official business, has a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 14, according to court.
Kennan Hutchinson, 19, was arrested for obstructing official business and discharging a firearm within city limits after he allegedly shot himself in the leg on Brown Street Nov. 22. He reportedly told police he was shot in a drive-by. There was no court information about Hutchinson, and he was not being held in the Middletown City Jail on Thursday afternoon.
Anyone with information is urged to call Lt. James Cunningham at 513-425-7737.
Staff Writers Rick McCrabb and Lauren Pack contributed to this report.