Evanston community outrage leads to aggravated robbery arrest

CINCINNATI -- A community’s outrage led to the arrest of a man Tuesday with a long criminal history that stretches from Cincinnati to Chicago and back.

Thanks to resident tips given to Cincinnati police, 24-year-old Robert McCallum is in jail charged with the aggravated robbery and shooting of Millvale resident Ledon Shelton.

Shelton, 42, was outside of Jack’s Carryout at Five Points in Evanston on Thursday with his son when police say McCallum approached them.

McCallum then shot Shelton, who remains at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition.

Much of the confrontation unfolded in front of Evanston residents and was caught on surveillance.

“They were very alarmed that this was not going to occur in the Evanston community,” said Capt. Jeff Butler with Cincinnati police of the witnesses.

Butler said people from the age of 16 to 60 approached officers with descriptions of McCallum and another suspect they are still trying to identify.

“It’s kind of showing the relationship we are growing with the Evanston community,” Butler said.

The second suspect wearing a tan colored ball cap was seen in a photo with McCallum.

Police found McCallum in Walnut Hills as he tried to crawl out of an apartment window.

Anyone with information about the second man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at  513-352-3040.

McCallum is currently being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. In the past, officers charged McCallum with having a weapon under disability, and firearms in a motor vehicle in Hamilton County.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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