Police investigating string of robberies on same street in Clifton

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are investigating three separate armed robberies on the same street in Clifton in less than a week.

The first incident on Stratford Avenue happened Friday. According to a police report, two suspects approached a man around 8:30 at night. The report says the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded money then tried to take the victim's car.

A warning sent out the University of Cincinnati community from their police force states that the suspects were unable to get away with the car because they could not drive stick shift, but that they did leave with cash.

In the email to students the suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect #1 - black male, 20 yrs old, 5'09" tall, 150 lbs. wearing a black hat, coat and pants.
  • Suspect #2 - black male, 20 yrs old, 5'11" tall, 155 lbs., wearing a black & white jacket

The second incident happened the next night when two suspects with similar descriptions showed a gun and forced the victims to the ground. In this instance the suspects were able to getting away with a 2003 Saturn Ion.

While university officials warned of a third incident Monday morning on the same street, police believe the aggravated robbery may be unrelated.

An investigator on the case says the stolen Ion was recovered Saturday night when Newport Police picked up three juveniles for a separate crime. Even though they were arrested, neighbors are still concerned.

"Whoever it is might be right back out there or whoever it is might be right back down here doing the same things," neighbor and UC student Alex Melvin said. "It doesn't really put me at ease too much."

"I hope they have the right people," neighbor Lou Lemmers said. "That would be one less group of people that are committing crime."

Lemmers says he is hopeful police are looking at the right suspects. He says on Thanksgiving one of his friends was also carjacked on the street.

"Fortunately she wasn't hurt other than the fact that she was terrified," Lemmers recalled.

Police say with the rash of robberies  it is important to be on your guard.

"Stay calm and in all situations, surrender the property," Cincinnati Police spokesperson Maurice Robinson said. "It's in most cases insured anyway and we can always replace the property but we can't replace you and neither can your families."

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