Division of Police and APL to Investigate Animal Cruelty Case

Cat Abuse Video

We have received numerous inquiries regarding a video recently posted to Liveleak.com of a cat being abused by a young man. The Division of Police is aware of the incident and the matter is being investigated:

The Cleveland Division of Police is currently investigating an incident involving animal cruelty which possibly occurred on Portage Avenue. Officers received a radio assignment to respond to a home on Portage Avenue for animal abuse; the call was received via police radio from an anonymous caller who reported that a video was posted to Facebook of a young man holding a cat by the neck and then throwing it. Upon conferring with neighbors, officers obtained a possible identification of the suspect, who is thought to be a 16 year old who resided in the area. A “Cruelty to Animals” report was generated and the case will be followed up by investigators from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Animal Protective League.

Police Seek Identity of Robbery Suspect (photos)

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Police Seek Identity of Robbery Suspect:

The Cleveland Division of Police Second District Detective Bureau is currently investigating a robbery which occurred at Target in Steelyard Commons on October 1, 2014 at approximately 5:45pm. Officers responded to the store for a male shoplifter fighting with security guards. Upon arrival, they were advised that the male had just fled. Several zone cars, along with the mounted unit and Newburg Heights PD searched for the suspect, he was not located.

The security officer for Target reported that he observed a male take several items and place them in a shopping cart; he then walked past the cash registers and out the door. The security officer attempted to stop and detain the suspect, who then fought with the security officer and fled toward the area of the steel mill.

The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and a short goatee. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a gray t-shirt with a picture of Marilyn Monroe on it.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Second District Detective Bureau at 216-623-5218.

Missing Juvenile Alert: Please RT


Missing Juvenile Alert

The Cleveland Division of Police is currently asking for the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile female. Angeleka Smith is a 12 year old female who was last seen on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 pm. Angeleka’s great grandmother reported that she may have left home due to being in trouble over a family matter. Angeleka Smith is a black female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4’11” tall and weighs about 89 pounds. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Fourth District Detective Bureau at 216-623-5418.

Woman Nominated for Citizen Pin Award for Rescuing Small Dog

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On Friday, September 19, 2014, Fourth District officers responded to a call for a male threatening people and threatening to kill a dog. Upon arriving in the area of E. 79 & Woodland, officers were flagged down by a woman working a hot dog cart, Ms. Brittany Owens. She informed the officers that a male was at her hot dog stand and was acting very agitated, nervous, and menacing. She was able to see inside of a duffle bag that he was holding, two little furry ears sticking out. She asked him what it was and he replied “It’s a dog and I don’t like him I am going to kill this little dog by suffocating him.” Ms. Owens then asked the male if she could have the dog, even buy him, and he became even more upset and menacing yelling at her, “no I am going to kill it!” Ms. Owens, at great risk to herself took the bag and dog from him. The male then attempted to assault Ms. Owens but she quickly defended herself and chased the male away.

As officers began looking for the male, they were flagged down by several construction workers all complaining that a male was threatening to hurt them. A short time later, officers encountered the male and found him to be very upset, agitated, and nervous and having a psychiatric episode. The male was asked what happened with the dog and he stated, ”I was going to kill it because it’s bothering me but that lady took him and chased me away.” The male further stated that he had not been taking his prescribed medication.

Ms. Owens stated that the dog was suffering from a fresh head injury and was very scared. As she has worked at a veterinary office in the past, she knew that the dog needed immediate medical attention and she took him to a clinic for care. She has since adopted the dog.
Ms. Owens saw that dog was going to be harmed by an obviously distraught male and she quickly took action to protect the dog at great risk to her own safety. She rescued the dog, avoided being assaulted, then provided officers with an accurate description of the male. The male was, at the time, in a crisis. He was taken to be mentally evaluated and to have his medications monitored. Ms. Brittany Owens has been nominated to receive Citizens Pin for her heroic actions by Lieutenant Timothy Gaertner.

Vehicle Auction Announced: Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Approximately sixty-four (64) vehicles, including motorcycles and ATV’s, will be up for sale

CLEVELAND – On Saturday, October 4, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Cleveland Division of Police will be auctioning off vehicles that have been abandoned or forfeited to the City of Cleveland. The public is invited to the Cleveland Division of Police Impound Lot #2 located at 4300 Bradley Rd. Cleveland, Ohio, where the event will take place rain or shine.

Approximately sixty-four (64) vehicles will be auctioned off. The impound lot will open at 8:00 a.m. to view the vehicles and the auction will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp. All sales are final. None of the vehicles come with a warranty or guarantee. As always there is 10 % cash down payment for the winning bid and the remainder within five (5) days.

Monies generated from the sale of the forfeited vehicles will go to the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF). The LETF is used to purchase items and to fund investigations in furtherance of law enforcement. The fund has been used to purchase such items as personal body armor, on-board mobile computers for police patrol cars and has funded investigations involving internet crimes against children. Monies generated from the sale of abandoned vehicles will go the General Fund.

For more information, the public can contact the Cleveland Division of Police Vehicle Custodial Unit at 216.623.5342.