Fairfield Police work to solve string of armed robberies

By Dan Wells - bio | email

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) -- You're walking in a quiet suburban neighborhood and in an instant you're staring down the barrel of a gun.

That's exactly what's happening in one normally peaceful Butler County town.

Jeremy Henson of Fairfield used to unwind after finishing his second-shift job by walking on Woodridge Boulevard...until this.

"They come up behind me, I turned around and looked, saw them, he had something shiny in his hand underneath his shirt. I said, 'hey what's up.' He said, 'what time is it?' I said I didn't have a watch, then he grabbed my wrist and pointed a gun at me and said, 'What you got on you?" recalled Henson.

And police say it was not an isolated crime.

"Well the neighborhood out here, its kind of been bad. I just moved out here about a month ago and the first thing that happened out here, I got robbed right in front of this office," said Rejhan Huddleson, another Fairfield resident.

"We have had several incidents over a several week period where there have been robberies involving firearms, some not," said Lt. Ken Colburn with Fairfield Police. "We have our detectives on it."

Fairfield police records say there have been five incidents, all similar situations and all within walking distance of each other.

"All of these have involved young male blacks possibly in their teens," said Colburn.

Police have arrested one person in connection with this string of violent armed robberies. It's evident that Fairfield Police are making these types of crimes a priority.

"The nature of the crime alarms us. Our numbers statistically aren't up, they're actually down over pervious years," said Colburn.

But Rejhan says cops are going too far. Moments before our interview, the 16-year-old was investigated himself.

Police thought he flashed a gang symbol. Rejhan says it was a peace sign.

"Sometimes it makes me think that police are there to help but sometimes they just stereotype and they just take it out of context when I didn't do anything," he said.

Police officers claim an aggressive campaign on crime is helping quiet the surge of robberies.

Jeremy Henson says its not enough to keep him calling Fairfield home.

"Ahh, after my wife has our second child, I'm definitely going to be moving, no question," he said.

Fairfield police says there have been 18 robberies so far this year, and 134 assaults.

They are still investigating these latest crimes.