Officers Pursue Felonious Assault Suspect on Horseback:
On January 13, 2014, Mounted Unit Officers Sieger and Herrin were patrolling Public Square on horseback when Officer Sieger observed an assault occur within a large crowd. Officer Sieger saw a juvenile male strike another juvenile male in the side of the head, knocking him to the ground. The high vantage point of being on horseback allowed the officers to keep the suspect in view as he fled through the crowd. The officers pursued the suspect on horseback as he ran toward the entrance to Tower City. The suspect then entered the doors of Tower City and Officer Herrin dismounted, pursuing the suspect on foot. The suspect ran toward the RTA rapid station and boarded a train; Officer Herrin followed the suspect onto the train and arrested him.
The 17 year old victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment of a head injury. The 17 year old suspect was booked for Felonious Assault.
The Cleveland Division of Police Mounted Unit is one of the oldest mounted units in the country. Officers regularly patrol the downtown area and the streets of Cleveland’s neighborhoods on horseback. The Mounted Unit is a great asset to the Division of Police for the way in which it allows officers to interact with the community, and as you can see from this incident, the mounted unit has some very solid policing tactics! Nice Job, Officer Sieger and Officer Herrin!