- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Police say they’ve arrested eight teenagers believed to be members of a gang that has been preying on University of Cincinnati students and nearby residents.

The “2 Guns Gang” consists of mostly 15- to 19-year-olds who were responsible for a string of robberies and violence in the Clifton neighborhood, police said.

Students expressed relief after the arrests were announced Thursday.

“This is a big sigh of relief and makes us feel safe,” said UC student body president Christina Beer, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1w9Ppk9 ). “It’s phenomenal to have this closure. … Students appreciate the work of UC police and CPD (Cincinnati Police Department) officers.”

Cincinnati police said they have closed 12 related cases, eight involving University of Cincinnati students.

Police displayed videos and images that the gang had posted on different forms of social media. Suspects could be seen brandishing different weapons before crimes they allegedly committed in the campus area.

The investigation is continuing. Those arrested were all charged with aggravated robbery counts.

“Thanks to the diligence of our officers, we were able to track these known criminals plaguing our neighborhoods,” said Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. “We appreciate the many community collaborations and the work of our law enforcement partners that helped with this investigation.”

Police say they have increased patrols in the area, and that overall crime has been down for several years.

“It is important to note that the suspects admitted to targeting robberies in this area because they perceived students to likely possess cash and personal electronics, and often were out walking late at night intoxicated, making them easy targets for the robbers,” Cincinnati police stated.

They urged students to be cautious, avoid using headphones or texting while out, and avoid displaying electronics or other valuables.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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