Two in custody after reports of man with shotgun at Harbin Park in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Two people were taken into custody Thursday night following reports of a man with a shotgun threatening to shoot people at Harbin Park in Fairfield.

Investigators say Alex Simmons, 19, and Stephen Kerr, 18, were arrested on Congress Hill Lane at about 9 p.m. and charged with aggravated robbery and complicity to aggravated robbery.

The victim informed police that the two men approached him at a shelter and demanded money while displaying a shotgun.

When the victim didn't comply with their demands, the two men ran into the surrounding woods. 

The park is located on Hunter Drive, only a few blocks from where the suspects were arrested.

Authorities closed the park at about 5:30 p.m. after the initial 911 call was received by Fairfield police. Residents who live near Harbin Park told 9 On Your Side they were told by police to stay in their homes while officers searched for the suspects.

Carol Montgomery lives near the park and said she was alarmed by the amount of police activity in the area.

"We saw about eight cop cars at about (5:45 p.m.) up Pleasant Avenue, and when we came home we came up the street and there were cop cars everywhere," Montgomery said.

The park, which closes at dusk, never reopened Thursday night, according to a Fairfield dispatcher.

There were no reports of shots being fired or injuries.

Simmons and Kerr are being held in the Butler County Jail until their initial appearance in court on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

Stay with 9 On Your Side for updates as they become available.

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