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Police release sketch of suspect in string of kidnappings

A sketch of the suspected robber. (Provided, Cincinnati Police Department) A sketch of the suspected robber. (Provided, Cincinnati Police Department)

Police have released a sketch of a masked man tied to a string of robberies and kidnappings in the Clifton, Corryville and Over-the-Rhine area. 

Authorities say there have been eight instances of the suspect robbing people at gunpoint, forcing them into their car and ordering them to withdraw money from an ATM.

Two weeks ago, the University of Cincinnati issued a warning to students of the armed robberies neighborhoods by the university. However, it is unclear if any of the victims were students.

The offenses occurred between October 19 and Sunday:

Two robberies on Statford Avenue

One robbery on Parker Street

One robbery on Sauer Avenue

Two robberies on McMillan Avenue

One robbery on Eden Avenue

One robbery on E 14th Street

All victims described the suspect as well spoken and very calm, according to Detective Frank Palmisano. 

"The suspect takes money at gunpoint from the victims and then makes them drive him to the Postal Family Credit Union on 8th street.  He makes the victims use their own cars.  He then forces the victims to withdraw money from the ATM at the Postal Family Credit Union," Palmisano said in a statement.

Police say the suspect has the victims drop him off in the general area of Winchell and Wade Walk after he makes them withdraw cash from an ATM. 

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male in his twenties or thirties, weighing between 160 and 180 lbs. The suspect is known to wear a black hoodie with the hood pulled over, black pants, black shorts, knit gloves and a black mask, which could possible be a scarf. 

Safety tips issued by the University of Cincinnati to students: 

•         Travel in groups at night.

•         Whenever possible use the UC Shuttle or UC NightRide (556-RIDE) services.

•         If you observe suspicious activity contact UCPD at 556-1111, or CPD at 765-1212.

•         If you are the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.

•         If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, change your walking pattern (cross the street).

•         Criminals prefer impaired victims, don’t drink to excess.

•         Don’t use headphones or earbuds, and avoid texting while walking.

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