Many of our neighbors are aware of an incident that occurred on Friday, June 18, at approximately 9 in the morning. I appreciate this opportunity to inform the entire Worthington community about this incident. Two youth were reported AWOL from the United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH). According to police reports, they then assaulted a woman in the approximate vicinity of Longfellow and Evening streets in an attempted robbery.

To the editor:

Many of our neighbors are aware of an incident that occurred on Friday, June 18, at approximately 9 in the morning. I appreciate this opportunity to inform the entire Worthington community about this incident. Two youth were reported AWOL from the United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH). According to police reports, they then assaulted a woman in the approximate vicinity of Longfellow and Evening streets in an attempted robbery.

We are thankful for the immediate action of the Worthington Police Department. They quickly apprehended the two youth and provided emergency assistance for the victim. We are also grateful to our close neighbors who provided great help.

Even one event that harms a member of our community is one too many. Here is what we are doing:

We are deeply concerned about the victim and her wellbeing

The two youth who were arrested by Worthington Police will never return to UMCH

I have been meeting with the city manager, police chief and fire chief to discuss additional measures that can be taken and will continue to do so

We have evaluated staffing and made adjustments.

We are very sorry that an incident like this occurred, and we are fortunate to be part of a community that cares so much about all of its residents. On behalf of everyone at UMCH, I extend deep appreciation for the good neighbors that you are and the good will that you extend to this ministry of serving our community's children and families.

United Methodist Children's Home staff