PNC BANK ROBBED: 16614 HARVARD AVENUE

Today at approximately 8:30 am, the PNC Bank at 16614 Harvard Avenue was robbed at gunpoint by two black males. The males were both carrying handguns. One of the males is described as being approximately 5’6, 150 pounds with a dark complexion. This male was wearing a mask covering his face, a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The second male is described as standing 6’ tall, approximately 150 pounds. This male was wearing a blue and red Cleveland Indians baseball cap, glasses, a large diamond-type earring in his left ear, a black jacket with white design and grey sweat pants. The males fled the bank on foot northbound from Harvard Avenue through yards.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police Fourth District Detective Bureau at 216-623-5418. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

A cash reward of up to $10,000.00 is offered by PNC Bank in this case for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of these suspects.

Cleveland Police Officers Rescue Man from Burning Car

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Patrol Officers Bonnie Simmerly and Elaina Ciacchi were working night shift in the Fifth District on February 21, 2013 when they received a call from radio for a suspicious vehicle. When they arrived on Haldale, they saw a vehicle in the middle of the street. The officers approached the vehicle and saw a man sleeping inside. They knocked on the window, at which point the man woke up, put the car in gear and sped away.

The two officers toured the area for the vehicle and located it just a short time later. The vehicle had driven off of the roadway and into a wooded area near Endora and Hillsboro. The vehicle was on its side amongst the trees and the officers could see sparks and smoke coming from underneath the car and flames from the hood. Officers notified radio dispatch that the car was on fire and then quickly began to strike the vehicle’s rear window with their asp batons in order to free the man inside. Officers were able to get the male out of the car through a window and drag him to the roadway, safely away from the vehicle.

Cleveland Fire responded to extinguish the burning vehicle. The Driver was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS for treatment. He was also cited for Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Control.

DNA Evidence Links Suspect to Two Rape Cases

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Detectives in the Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit have identified a suspect linked to two rape cases using DNA evidence. Michael Grant, who is currently being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on an unrelated Burglary charge, was identified as the suspect in two rapes, both of which occurred on Cleveland’s east side.

A search warrant was executed on Friday, February 15, 2013, during which time a DNA sample was taken from Michael Grant. The Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (CCRFSL) expedited the testing and verified the offender in both cases to be Michael Grant.

Second District Officers Discover Methamphetamine Lab

On February 20, 2013 at 1825 Willowdale Avenue in the Second District, a suspected Methamphetamine Lab was discovered. At approximately 10:15 am, Second District officers received a radio assignment to respond to 1825 Willowdale Avenue to assist housing court bailiffs with an eviction. The bailiffs had discovered drug paraphernalia. The preliminary investigation revealed the floor of the home to have garbage, syringes and drug paraphernalia scattered about. Also visible were items used to make methamphetamine and suspected methamphetamine. The Second District Vice Unit responded to the scene for investigation. Officers detained a male and female. Immediately following finding the suspected methamphetamine, officers evacuated the home along with the male and female and their three children. The Cleveland Division of Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene. The male and female were placed under arrest for Child Endangering and Violation of the State Drug Law. The children, ages 1, 2 and 4 were released into the custody of a family member.