Police arrest 19-year-old after robbery, shooting near University of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI --

A suspect was arrested Sunday night in connection to an attempted robbery and shooting that took place near a local college campus.

Police began looking for a small red sedan about 7:50 p.m. after a pair of robberies was reported in the Clifton area near the University of Cincinnati.

One of the attempted robberies took place near Jefferson Avenue and Charlton Street and involved a victim being shot in the leg, according to UC police. 

Officers say at least one man approached the victim, placed a handgun to the back of his head and demanded property. At some point during the altercation the victim was shot in the lower left leg. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigators say the suspect fled the crime scene in a car that was described as "dusty" in appearance by a witness, according to the release from the campus police. It was seen traveling southbound from Charlton Street and Jefferson Avenue.

A short time later a vehicle matching that description was observed and followed by Cincinnati police. An officer tried to pull over the car but the driver kept going.

After a short chase, the driver ditched the car on Dunkirk Street in Avondale and fled on foot, officers said. A K-9 unit located the suspect within an hour and officers took him into custody.

Officers also found a gun at the site where the suspect ditched the vehicle, according to police at the scene.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Michael Davis III. Davis has been charged with felonious assault, aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing weapons while under disability, fleeing and eluding and receiving stolen property.

A second robbery was reported Sunday night in the area of Piedmont and Burnet avenues. Police initially believed both incidents were connected but it's unclear if the arrested party will be charged.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call District Five police at 513-569-8500.

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