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String of armed robberies keeping police busy

By Dan Wells - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Police departments all over the Tri-state this week have had to deal with what seems to be a rash of robberies involving gunfire and deadly force.

Two people have died since Sunday, and several others are in hospitals, fighting for their lives.

The most recent incident took place Wednesday in Bond Hill, when a would-be robber was shot and killed by an apartment resident.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between the renter of the apartment and both of the attempted robbers," said Sgt. Danita Kilgore.

The tenant was shot in the leg. The other would-be robber got away.

"These young kids they got a thing going, either 'I'm tougher than you' or 'you're tougher than me' and then there is the gun play," said Melvin George, a Bond Hill resident.

Unfortunately, this is not the only incident police have had to deal with in recent days. This is just one of the latest incidents of escalating crime taking place all over the Tri-State. It's happened four times in four days.

Tuesday at the NYLA Sportswear shop in College Hill, two people were shot. 

"Apparently what happened is three African American teens went into the store, attempted to do a robbery and the store owner received two shots the chest," said Lt. Mike Fern with the Cincinnati Police Department.

On Monday, an attempted robbery and murder at Linda's Mini-Mart downtown in the middle of the afternoon claimed the life of the 62-year old store owner, Wade Nassar.

"You know you have to put your foot down, somebody has to be man or woman enough to put their foot down. This is ridiculous," said Jaushua Davis, an Over-the-Rhine resident.

On Sunday, gun fire broke out in a North College Hill Subway restaurant. Police say a man walks in with a shotgun demanded cash, and fired a single shot into the ceiling of the restaurant. The suspect is still at large.

So what is the common thread? Money? Retaliation?

"It's unfortunate," said Rayton Hargrove, a Bond Hill resident. "Probably most of it is a miss-understanding and the first thing that people do is shoot."

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