CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Carjacking: Euclid Heights Boulevard
At 11:30 p.m. Sept. 17, a woman, 52, flagged down a police officer, saying that her car had been stolen. The woman said that, at the time of the theft, she was seated in the front passenger seat of her car as it was parked in front of a Euclid Heights Boulevard restaurant.
First, a young male wearing a t-shirt walked up and opened the passenger side door and told the woman to get out. A second male then walked up and also told her to get out of the car. The second male had his hand in his pocket as if he was concealing a gun.
Next, a third male approached and got into the driver’s seat. Again the woman was ordered from her car and, when she got out, the other two males entered. The car drove off with the three males inside.
When the males approached, the car’s engine was running with a key in the ignition. The woman told police that the suspects did not touch her or threaten to harm her. A weapon was not seen.
The woman told officers she was waiting in her car for her husband to come out of the restaurant Cilantro Taqueria, 2778 Euclid Heights Blvd., where he was picking up food. The woman’s husband did not see the incident take place. Stolen with the car was the woman’s wallet.
The suspects were described as being 18-19 years old.
At 11:50 p.m. that evening, Shaker Heights police saw three suspects walking in that city who matched the description of the suspects. The woman was taken to personally identify the suspects, two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old, which she did with near certainty. One of the suspects was found to have in his waistband an unloaded, rusted gun.
Police determined there was not enough evidence to charge the males and released them.
At 7:50 p.m. Sept. 21, the stolen car was found parked in the driveway of a vacant home on Quimby Road in Cleveland. Police gathered DNA swabs and finger prints from the car and are investigating.
Improperly discharging a firearm: Superior Road
At 2:25 a.m. Sept. 18, dispatch received two calls of shots fired in the vicinity of Superior and Hampshire roads. Officers searched the area and found nine castings on the ground at two Superior Road addresses. Officers were unable to find any doorbell cameras that captured the shooting. No one was reported injured.
Fleeing and eluding: Mayfield Road
At 6:50 p.m. Sept. 19, officers were dispatched to Home Depot, 3460 Mayfield Road, on a report of a stolen auto that had been tracked to that location.
An officer spotted the stolen auto, being driven by a man, as it traveled southbound on South Taylor Road, at Superior Road. The driver fled from police hitting a speed of about 70 miles per hour, then stopped at Fairmount Circle and ran from the car. A woman was among other occupants in the car who attempted to flee. Police were able to detain the woman, 42.
A short time later, an officer saw the man who had been driving the car walking hand-in-hand with a woman, who had also been in the car. The couple was walking across Shelburne and Chesterton roads. Officers approached and spoke with both. The woman said the man would not allow the others to get out of the car as it was being chased.
Police arrested the man on charges of fleeing and eluding, a felony, and receiving stolen property. The 42-year-old woman was charged with drug and drug paraphernalia possession, while the woman who walked with the man was cited for obstructing official business.
Suspicion: Severn Road
At 4:20 p.m. Sept.19, police were called to Severn Road on a report of a man who had attempted to coerce two young girls into his car. The man stopped the car, got out, and stood in the doorway before asking the girls if he could give them something.
The man wore a red tank top and held a purple bandana. He drove a tan or gold sedan or small SUV. The girls ran and told their guardians what had happened. Police were unable to locate the suspect.
Assault: Severance Circle
At 12:40 a.m. Sept. 20, police were dispatched to an apartment where two of the building’s residents informed officers that a man was beating a woman in a fifth-floor unit. At the unit, police spoke with a woman, 50, who said she had been beaten by her boyfriend, 56.
The woman, who had red marks about her neck, told officers that her boyfriend came home and started calling her provocative names. The woman left the apartment and the man followed, grabbing her while the two were in the hallway. The man punched the woman and kicked her in the stomach and head before dragging her back into the apartment. When a neighbor stated she was calling police, the man took his girlfriend’s house and car key and left on foot.
The woman complained of abdominal pain, but refused transfer to the hospital. Police are seeking the man. A temporary protection order was filed on the woman’s behalf.
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