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Local Man Arrested After Dangerous Crime Spree
FOREST PARK, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A Northern Kentucky man was high on heroin when he led police on two chases, shoved a woman and her son so he could steal their van and ran into a wooded area to avoid capture, Forest Park Police said.
Shawn Ross, 34, faces charges of attempted burglary, robbery and failing to stop for police. A Forest Park police officer spotted Shawn Ross on Sharon Rd. Friday night and tried to pull him over because he was wanted for shoplifting from the Meijer store in Fairfield. Sgt. Patrick Carr said he turned on his lights and sirens to pull Ross over but he refused to stop, speeding along Winton Rd. Speeds reached 70 miles per hour during the six-minute chase.
"The suspect vehicle continued north on Winton, ran red lights, reckless, erratic driving," Sgt. Carr said.
Ross turned around on Winton Rd. to avoid stop sticks and drove south to W. Kemper Rd. When he approached a red light he drove of the road to get onto Kemper and hit Carr's cruiser in front of the Remington Place apartment complex. Ross ran from the car and shoved Reevie Bailey's 10-year-old son away from their minivan. Bailey said Ross forced her from the van and stole it.
"I had a bag of groceries in my hand and so I'm just hitting him with the groceries and he's all the time saying you know "I'm sorry, I gotta take it, I gotta take it, I gotta take it.' And I'm like, get out, get out, get out," Bailey said as she recounted her attempt to stop Ross. She and her son were not hurt but they were shaken by what happened.
Police said Ross then led them on a second short chase. He crashed Bailey's van on W. Kemper Rd. near Hamilton Ave. In Springfield Twp.
Ross got out of the car and ran into a wooded area where he apparently spent the night.
Several blocks away on Saturday morning, Carol Wade heard an odd noise coming from her kitchen.
"I thought a bird had flown through the window or something like that," Wade said.
She went to check it out and saw a breeze was coming through the window. She pulled back the blinds and came face-to-face with Shawn Ross who was breaking her window with a rock.
"I said what are you doing and he said 'I'm sorry ma'am. I'm just really hungry and I'm trying to get something to eat.' And I said, well you shouldn't be breaking into my house to get something to eat and I'm gonna call the police."
Ross also broke Wade's screen door. She called police and officers found him walking on Mill Rd. He didn't resist when he was taken into custody.
Carol Wade has an alarm system in her home. She says she's glad Ross didn't get into her hous.
"I'm glad he's off the street if that's the person that did the damage last night."
Ross's girlfriend, Leslie Ann Bryant, was with him during the shoplifting incident in Fairfield and the first police chase. She is in the Butler Co. Jail charged with robbery.
Forest Park Police say Ross has prior convictions for robbery, burglary and resisting arrest. He will appear in court Monday morning. He remains in the Hamilton Co. Justice Center.