Missing: Ja’Nya Mix black female age 12 (PHOTO

Cleveland Police seek the public’s help in locating missing 12 year old female Ja’nya Mix. Ja’Nya is a black female 5’2, 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was given permission to go to a friend’s house in her housing complex in the 14200 block of Triskett and did not return home. Last seen on February 18, 2017 at approximately 1245pm wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call first district police at 216-623-5100 or 911.



 Federal Bureau of Investigation

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cleveland Division of Police is seeking the public’s assistance in the location of Mark Anthony Lloyd, 31 years old. 

Arrest warrants have been issued for Lloyd in regards to the January 30th, 2017 bank robbery of the Ohio Savings Bank located on West 25th Street, Cleveland and for the February 13th, 2017 robbery of the PNC also located on West 25th Street.

Lloyd was last seen in the West 25th Street area.  Lloyd is described as a black male, 31 years old, approximately 5’9”, and approximately 155 pounds.  Lloyd has a gun shaped tattoo under his right eye. 


Lloyd is considered to be armed and dangerous.  During the January 30th robbery, Lloyd lifted his shirt to show a gun in his waistband and during the February 13th robbery he brandished a weapon.   

Tips on Lloyd’s location can be provided to the Cleveland Division of the FBI, Cleveland Division of Police or Crimestoppers.  Reward money is available for information leading to Lloyd’s location and prosecution.  Tips can remain anonymous.  

Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vicki.Anderson@ic.fbi.gov. 




The Cleveland Division of Police is seeking the public’s help in locating Mariehona Spraggins. Mariehona is a black female, age 12 (she will turn 13 on February 26), is 5’2” and 120 pounds with brown eyes.  She currently has her hair dyed green and was last seen wearing it in a ponytail.  Last known clothing description is a blue jean jacket, blue jeans and a peach colored shirt.

Mariehona Spraggins left home on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and was reported missing on February 13, 2017. On February 13, 2017, she was seen by friends of the family in the area of East 93rd Street and Yale Avenue, but when approached she ran away.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mariehona Spraggins is asked to contact Fifth District detectives at 216-623-5500 or to call 911.m-spraggins

Police Seek Public’s Help to ID Public Indecency Suspect (Video)

The Cleveland Division of Police is currently seeking the public’s help in identifying a male wanted for sexual imposition and public indecency. A victim reported that on January 31, 2017 at approximately 12:25 am, she was walking into a building in the 11900 block of Nottingham Road when she was approached by an unknown black male who exposed himself and touched her inappropriately.  The male then fled the area on foot.  Other reports of public indecency with the suspect description being similar to the one in this case have been reported in the area.

Anyone with information relative to this suspect’s identity is asked to contact the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630. Criminal activity should be reported by calling 9-1-1.


Arrest Made in Aggravated Murder of 14 Year Old Alianna Defreeze (PHOTO)

Arrest Made in Aggravated Murder of 14 Year Old Alianna Defreeze

Christopher Whitaker Arrested for Kidnapping and Murder 

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams, announce that 44 year old Christopher Whitaker was arrested for the Kidnapping and Aggravated Murder of 14 year old Alianna Defreeze.

Christopher Whitaker was identified as the suspect in this case through evidence discovered by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office Northeast Ohio Regional Forensic Laboratory. Whittaker does have prior criminal convictions.  He was taken into custody today at 6800 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights at approximately 7:15pm by members of the Cleveland Division of Police and the United States Marshals Service.

Alianna Defreeze was last seen on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at approximately 6:30 am boarding a Regional Transit Authority bus to go to school. Alianna’s mother contacted police after being notified by the school that her daughter was not in attendance that day at approximately 4:15 pm.

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, officers were conducting sweeps near East 93rd Street and Kinsman Road in an effort to locate the missing child.  During a search of an abandoned home at 9412 Fuller Avenue, officers located the body of a deceased female.  The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified this victim as Alianna Defreeze.

Officers and agents conducted sweeps throughout the past several days that encompassed various neighborhoods on the city’s southeast side, specifically the East 93rd Street and Fuller Avenue area.  Officers of the Cleveland Division of Police documented over 80 interviews along with multiple street encounters and knock and talks.  Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation augmented and supported this effort with additional canvasses and interviews.

At this time, the Cleveland Division of Police would like to thank the public for their tireless assistance in this case. Many tips and leads were phoned in and residents provided valuable information to officers and agents during the canvassing process.  Also, many thanks to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI and Crimestoppers for offering the reward incentive in this case and to the United States Marshals Service for their assistance with the arrest and RTAPD and APA for the assistance in the case.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office worked very diligently and quickly to identify the victim in this case and ultimately provided the scientific information that law enforcement needed to identify the suspect and make an arrest. The results of the work done by those in the Cuyahoga County Northeast Ohio Regional Forensic Laboratory consistently prove invaluable to law enforcement.

In addition, the Cleveland Division of Police would like to recognize the effort brought forth by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The law enforcement partnership between the FBI and CDP is highly valued and the results of the cooperative investigations speak for themselves.  The officers of the Cleveland Police Fourth District, the Detective Bureau and the Major Case Squad were instrumental in the solving of this case in partnership with the Homicide Unit.

This remains an extremely difficult time for the family, loved ones, friends and classmates of Alianna Defreeze. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy, and to keep them in your prayers.  This investigation remains in the early stages.  The Cleveland Division of Police continues to ask for the assistance of the public in this case.  Please call homicide investigators at 216-623-5464 or Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463 (or text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes 274637) with information.  Tips may be provided anonymously.whitaker