3 arrested after armed robbery in Clifton

CINCINNATI -- Three men were arrested after police say they robbed four people at gunpoint Friday night in Clifton.

The robbery happened at 11:44 p.m. in the 2300 block of Victor Street.

Investigators say Vashaun Turner, 22, James Bonner, 23, and Ryan Clay, 22, were taken into custody after they robbed the four victims and fled when police tried to pull their vehicle over.

The suspects fled on foot and were tracked by K-9 units and found in the woods.

Officers recovered a handgun and stolen property taken during the robbery.

All three suspects have been charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and were arraigned Monday at 9 a.m.

Both Turner and Bonner's bond was set at $400,000. Clay's bond was set at $301,000.

This crime comes after a plethora of recent incidents around the UC campus area. WCPO's Mark Nichols reports that from January through mid-December 2013, 78 serious crimes have been reported to Cincinnati police within a quarter-mile radius of the urban campus. That is up from 58 from the same period in 2012.

University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono released this statement after a discussion with mayor John Cranley about public safety in the Uptown area:

“I join Chief Jeffrey Blackwell in urging the City of Cincinnati to invest in a new recruit class for the Cincinnati Police Department. Having more police on patrol is essential for the continued growth and development of the City, including the Uptown neighborhoods and the University of Cincinnati.  This is not about politics.  It’s about advocating for an increasingly safe and secure environment for our citizens, visitors, patients, students, faculty and staff to actively live, learn and grow.”

For an interactive look at crime around University of Cincinnati's campus, CLICK HERE.

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