Two teens are under arrest, police are calling them a "traveling crime spree." The pair was arrested in the West End after a man was shot and robbed on Laurel Park Drive and Derrick Turnbow Avenue.
Police say they're looking at the teens for robberies and assaults on the West Side, University Heights, and the West End. They're calling their actions a "robbery blitz" and police say they were getting more violent night after night.
Joshua Isome was arrested Wednesday night. He's 19, and he got out of a state prison last month for a gun crime
Police say his alleged victims identify him as the baby-faced kid with obscenities tattooed right under his eyes.
Isome was caught with his partner, 19 year old Ahmed Tibtani. Both, police say the two were on a robbery rampage.
Today in court, a judge sent bond for each teen at $1.25 million
. They face three counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault.
Det. Rick Malone/Cincinnati Police: "It's more of a blitz type attack where they are in car, spot a victim, quickly pull to the curb and confront the victim, often times shooting without provocation."
It happened again Wednesday night. A man was robbed and shot twice in the arm on Laurel Park Drive in the West End. That's when police saw this van driving the wrong way on a nearby street. Officer Tamera Brown pulled the van over.
Ofc. Tamera Brown/Cincinnati Police: "Then as we get them out one of the victims walks up and says that kid just put a gun in my face and took my cell phone."
As Brown was arresting the two for that robbery, the call came out for the two men in a maroon van wanted for the robbery. Now, police are investigating Isome and Tibtani for at least 15 other robberies and shootings in the past two weeks - and many times they make their victim remove their pants.
Det. Rick Malone: "They have left them, at times they have taken them."
Police say the two were getting more violent, they're thrilled to have them off the streets.
Ofc. Brown: "I feel great about it. it's wonderful that I was in the right place at the right time."
Cincinnati Police are alerting departments area-wide to identify more robberies or shootings that may have involved the two arrested last night. They also believe there may be a third suspect involved.