Thursday, March 23, 2000

Robbery suspect arrested

        A 20-year-old Avondale man wanted in connection with March 14 robbery that led to fatal shooting of his accomplice by police was arrested Wednesday night in Westwood.

        Tarrell L. Gross, who was wanted on three counts of aggravated robbery, was arrested about 7:25 p.m. after Cincinnati Police Division SWAT team members entered a residence in the 3400 block of McHenry Avenue, said Lt. Ray Ruberg.

        Police said Mr. Gross and Alfred Lamont Pope robbed several people in the hallway of an Avondale apartment building about 3:25 a.m. on March 14. Officers responding to the robbery call encountered Mr. Pope, 23, of Bond Hill, near the robbery scene and fatally shot him after he pointed a gun at officers, police said.

        Lt. Ruberg said Police Chief Thomas Streicher had formed a special task force to apprehend Mr. Gross, who was considered armed and extremely dangerous. That task force received information Wednesday that Mr. Gross was at the McHenry Avenue address, he said.

        Officers arrived at the Westwood residence about 3:45 p.m. and were unsuccessful in establishing telephone contact with the suspect, Lt. Ruberg said. A search warrant was obtained and the SWAT unit was called to the scene. About 7:25 p.m. SWAT members entered the residence and arrested Mr. Gross without incident.


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