Victim Zone: Armed robbers strike on & near near UC again

On-campus theft attempted as well

February 24, 2004
The (University of Cincinnati) News Record

Another armed robbery was reported early Friday morning, and an on-campus theft attempt was reported Thursday.

Two men with handguns approached four students at about 1:30 a.m. Friday on Warner Street near West Clifton Avenue and demanded their money, according to the students.

"We just gave them what they wanted," said fourth-year industrial design student Alex Adamson.

Ten other off-campus robberies, usually men with guns approaching lone students between 8 p.m. and midnight, have occurred since Feb. 3, according to police reports.

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One robbery involved an abduction, where three men drove a student to ATM machines to withdraw money from his account. Four robberies occurred at ATM machines, according to police.

Two similar crimes have been reported on campus.

Students should travel in groups, use well-lit areas and use ATMS in stores if they need money after dark, according to police. Victims of crime, or anyone who sees anything suspicious, are encouraged to report it as soon as possible.

Police say they have increased patrols both on and off campus this month.

"Plain-clothed officers are also working at night," said Detective Stephanie Bradford, with Cincinnati's District Five.

The measures, however, haven't netted any suspects yet.

"We really haven't gotten any leads," said Bradford.

Meanwhile, student victims say they are moving on with their lives.

Ryan Miller, the student abducted earlier in the month, said he's going to continue to walk to school via Riddle Road, where he was kidnapped at gunpoint.

"There's really not any way around that for me," said Miller, a fourth-year violin student.

Miller said he takes basic precautions, but that some of his friends wished they could do more.

"I do know some people who wish the concealed carry law was in effect," Miller said.

Ohio implemented a law Jan. 12 permitting citizens to carry concealed handguns if they meet certain qualifications. Permit applications are still being created, so Ohioans can't apply yet.

Concealed weapons are not allowed on any school grounds, including universities.

"I wish I would have been carrying [a gun]," said Miller, who also said he would have used a gun if he had one at the time.

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