The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit is currently investigating a Kidnapping/Gross Sexual Imposition incident which occurred Saturday, March 30, 2013, in the 2900 block of East 116th Street. At approximately 5:30 am, the 20 year old black female victim reported that she was walking to work when an unknown black male suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her and dragged her toward an abandoned house. The male assaulted the victim and attempted to remove her clothing. The attack was thwarted when a female and two males approached in a blue Pontiac during the attack and yelled, causing the suspect to flee. The Good Samaritans left the scene prior to the arrival of the police.
The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that the three individuals that came to the victim’s aid contact the Division’s Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630.
Although, the Jasmine Trotter incident and this one do have some similarities there is no evidence at this time linking the two incidents. Both incidents remain under close investigation and anyone with information relating to either case is asked to contact detectives in the Homicide Unit or the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.
The suspect in the current case is described as an black male in his forties 6’2, thin build, small gap between upper teeth, and wearing black hooded knee length jacket, dark blue or black Dickies brand pants ripped at the bottom, black steel toe boots and black winter gloves.
In addition, the Cleveland Division of Police advises that individuals walking alone after dark or before daylight be cognizant of their surroundings, do not be preoccupied or distracted by such things as texting or playing games on cell phones and always notify a friend or family member of their intended destination/whereabouts and call police if you see anything suspicious.