Gov. Ricketts’ son mugged at gunpoint not far from the family’s Omaha home

Gov. Ricketts’ son mugged at gunpoint not far from the family’s Omaha home
World-Herald News Service

The son of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night near his family home, according to a police report.

Roscoe Ricketts, 19, was near Underwood Avenue and Fairacres Road when he was mugged by someone at gunpoint about 9 p.m., he later told police.

A neighbor called 911 about 9:15 p.m.

Roscoe Ricketts’ black iPhone “with a black phone case and cartoon theme background” was the only item listed as stolen. The value was listed as $100.

The mugger reportedly was driving an older white car.

Pete Ricketts said Monday that his son was doing fine. He complimented the Omaha Police Department for doing “a fantastic job” of responding to the incident.

“They were very professional, very compassionate,” he said.

The governor, who is running for re-election, said he doesn’t think there was any connection between the crime and his son’s appearance in televised campaign ads.

“I think it was a random event,” Ricketts said. “I don’t think there was any sort of targeting. It was unfortunate. My son was out running at night and got mugged.”

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