Garfield Heights Basketball Star Indicted on Felony Charges


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BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio — One of the most highly recruited high school basketball players in Northeast Ohio, has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on several felony charges, including robbery, assault and kidnapping.

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office tells Fox 8 News that Bedford Heights Police arrested 18-year-old Garfield Heights junior Tony Farmer on April 23, after he confronted his ex-girlfriend, shortly before 7:00 a.m. at her home near Rockside Road.

According to the official police report, Farmer argued with the woman, who is also 18, then assaulted her and took several items from the residence, including a cell phone and laptop, as well as the alleged victim’s debit card and car keys.

The grand jury also chose to indict Farmer on a charge of kidnapping because he “…purposely removed the victim from the place where she was found or restrained her liberty for the purpose of terrorizing or inflicting serious physical harm.”

Farmer, who is 6’7” tall and weighs 220 pounds, was named Second Team All-Ohio for the 2011-12 season by the Associated Press.

He is widely considered one of the top 100 basketball players in the class of 2013, and according to Yahoo! Sports, is being recruited by several major college programs, including Michigan State, Illinois and Xavier.

Stay with Fox 8 News and for updates on this developing story.

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