The Cleveland Division of Police would like to address questions surrounding three specific incidents occurring recently in the Fourth District. Two of these incidents involve Homicide investigations and the third is a Kidnapping/Gross Sexual Imposition case. Our main concern and focus is on the safety and well-being of the women and children of our community. We have deployed our Violent Crimes Response Task Force, which consists of members of the Cleveland Division of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Office, the Adult Parole Authority, and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
At this time, the Cleveland Division of Police, through the investigations of these matters, does not have any evidence to indicate that any of the three incidents are, in fact, related to one another. Furthermore, we have identified separate persons of interest in two of the cases. Following is a synopsis of each case and the investigations as they stand to date.
Jasmine Trotter was reported missing on March 23, 2013 having been last seen leaving for work at about 5:00 am on March 22, 2013. She was found deceased at 1380 East 93rd Street in an abandoned house on March 24, 2013 by family members. According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma and cervical compression the victim was sexually assaulted and was found with clothing partially removed. DNA CODIS results received from Medical Examiner identified a possible suspect as Jerome Ogletree who is a black male age 42 years of age, 5’11/270 pounds. Facts were presented to prosecutor and a warrant was issued for Ogletree. Ogletree was arrested on April 2, 2013 and questioned on the homicide; at this time he remains under arrest as a person of interest.
Christine Malone was reported missing by a family member on March 23, 2013. Christine was last seen voluntarily entering a vehicle with a male unknown to family members at about 4:50 am. She was found deceased in the 9300 block of Bessemer in a field near abandoned homes. Cause of death determined to be blunt force trauma and cervical compression; victim was NOT sexually assaulted and was found fully clothed.
A Kidnapping & Gross Sexual Imposition case was reported to have occurred on March 30, 2013 in the area of East 116th Street and Harvey Avenue (victim’s name withheld). Victim was attacked while walking to work at 5:30 am. A male grabbed the victim and attempts to drag her behind abandoned house. The attack was interrupted by passersby in a blue Pontiac 4 door; these witnesses, who have yet to come forward, yell at and chase the suspect and then assist the victim home. The suspect is described as a black male, 6’- 6’2, thin, dressed in a dark coat, dark work pants and steel toed boots. Tips and leads have led investigators to question two individuals who are currently arrested on unrelated offenses. Witnesses are encouraged to step forward to assist in the investigation of this case.
We want witnesses to share the information they have regarding these or any other crimes. They can come forward in person, by phone or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers Hotline is 216-252-7463, online at http://www.25crime.com or by text message (Text TIP657 plus a message to CRIMES (274637)).
Again, it is important to reiterate that at this time, these cases appear to be unrelated, with separate suspects. Members of the community are our eyes and ears out on the street. Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police. Policing is a partnership and we rely on members of the community to stay involved.