Pair arrested after burglary, manhunt in Blue Ash

Pair arrested after burglary, manhunt in Blue Ash
(FOX19 NOW Photo/Daniel Beaver)
(FOX19 NOW Photo/Daniel Beaver)
Samuel Sims (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
Samuel Sims (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
William Lawrence (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
William Lawrence (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - Two suspects in a burglary and manhunt pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

The chase started after officers responded to the 5000 block of Cook Avenue for a report of a breaking and entering late Tuesday, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.

Officers and the victim chased one of the suspects onto Florence Avenue, where he was apprehended.

Court records identify him as William Lawrence, 20, of Montgomery.

A K9 unit caught the other suspect on Centennial Avenue near First Baptist Church - Hazelwood.

One of the suspects, Samuel Sims, 19, of West Price Hill is accused of kicking one of the officers in the left side of the face and and the police canine several times, court records state.

It was not immediately clear if the owner of the building was inside at the time of the offense.

Police said the incident remains under investigation.

Sims and Lawrence were booked into the Hamilton County jail early Wednesday.

Lawrence faces charges of burglary and obstructing official business.

He was found with property taken during the alleged residential burglary on Cook Avenue, police wrote in court records.

Sims was charged with burglary, assault, assaulting or harassing a police dog, horse or service dog and obstructing official business.

He also faces an additional charge of possession of drugs after police said they found him with marijuana in an amount less than bulk, court records state.

Both pleaded not guilty in a short court hearing.

Sims' bond was set at $60,00. Lawrence's was $5,000.

The incident comes as Blue Ash police search for three suspects involved in a shootout and subsequent four-vehicle accident that injured two people Sunday.

Officers responded to Oak Avenue around 11:25 a.m. after investigators say at least 10 shots were fired in the area. The suspects fled the scene, police have said.

Investigators say they recovered two handguns on Oak Avenue

A short time later, a person suffering from gunshot wounds was part of a four-vehicle accident on Deerfield Road near Cornell Road, according to police.

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