Second District Clothing Drive for the Homeless: Week One = a Great Success!

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Second District Clothing Drive for the Homeless

The first week of the Second District’s effort to gather clothing for Cleveland’s homeless men and women is a great success! The effort, lead by Sergeant Mitch Sheehan, has gathered 679 pairs of socks and almost 500 pair of underwear (socks and underwear are the most requested items of clothing in shelters). For those still considering donating, items of clothing can be dropped off at the Second District now through February 2, 2015, 3481 Fulton Road.

Many thanks to those who have donated!

Sex Crimes Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect

Sex Crimes Detectives Seeking ID of Suspect  15-001195 5 4705D218

Note: offenses occurred within last 3 months (approximately). Dates and exact addresses omitted to protect victim’s identities.

The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying a male wanted for aggravated robbery, burglary and theft.

The male suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’1” with a stocky build wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight and a black face mask. The suspect seems to target women as they are entering their homes. Thus far, three cases have been connected to this suspect occurring in public housing in the area of East 55th Street and Woodland Avenue.

The suspect has, in each case, approached the women on a silver and black bicycle. The suspect threatened the victim with a silver and black gun in each case. The suspect has made some of the victims enter their homes at gunpoint and in each case has forced the victims to remove some or all of their clothing. He has also forced one of the victims to touch herself in a sexual manner. In each case, he took their money or property from them.

This photo depicts an image of who investigators believe to be the suspect. Although the photo is blurry, investigators hope that anyone with information will contact the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630; Cleveland Police Detectives are also working closely with the CMHA Police Department on these cases and information can be provided to their investigators as well by calling 216-391-2642.

Just look at this face! Puppy found by police now available for adoption at the Cleveland Division of Animal Control

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Just look at this face!

On January 22, 2015, Cleveland Patrol Officer Jeffrey Petkac was on patrol in the Third District when he received a call to respond to the area of West 24th Street and Riverbed Road to assist an outreach worker who was checking on the homeless who stay in camps in the area.  Officer Petkac spoke with Mr. Jim Schlect, who dedicates countless hours to helping the homeless.

Mr. Schlect was concerned that a puppy had been left abandoned in one of the camping areas.  Although they could not see the puppy, they could hear her whining.  After a search of the area, they located this little gem.  She was hungry and very cold!  Her nickname is “Snowball” and she will be waiting at the Division of Animal Control to be adopted.  Remember, there are lots of animals at the kennel awaiting adoption, so if you are in the market for a new furry friend, check them out!  http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/PublicSafety/Divisionof%20CityKennels

Heroin Death Investigation Leads Detectives to Rescue Abandoned Baby

Heroin Death Investigation Leads Detectives to Rescue Abandoned Baby

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4am, Cleveland Police Detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit responded to Fulton Road and Henry Speeth Drive for a suspected heroin overdose death as part of the Heroin Involved Death Investigation Team.  At that location, a 33 year old female was deceased inside of a vehicle and investigators suspected she had overdosed on heroin.

As Detectives Scott Moran, Tom Klamert and Lieutenant Jim Purcell worked to identify the deceased woman. They found her identification and a thorough inspection of the vehicle lead to detectives finding paperwork listing a name and address of a man in Lakewood.  In an attempt to further investigate this matter and to make contact with friends or relatives, detectives responded to the address. 

Upon arriving in Lakewood at 11am, detectives spoke with a downstairs neighbor who told them that the male they’d come to speak with had moved and that a woman now lived in his apartment with her baby.  Detectives then went to her apartment and entered, finding a 2 year old baby girl inside, crying and looking for food.  The baby girl was left in the apartment all alone.  She was, however, in good health and unharmed.

Detectives made sure to give the little girl some food and made contact with the Department of Children and Family Services for placement purposes.  The Department of Children and Family Services will see to it that the child is cared for until she can be reunited with family or otherwise placed.

The detectives’ due diligence and attention to detail in handling this case allowed for this little girl to be rescued and taken care of.  It is frightening to think what could have happened had they not responded to the address.

Heroin related deaths are at an all-time high in our region and across the country.  If you or someone you care about is suffering with addiction, we urge you to seek help!  For information, see the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County at http://adamhscc.org/en-US/home.aspx

Cleveland Police Officers Shot at While Investigating Violent Aggravated Burglary

Cleveland Police Officers Shot at While Investigating Violent Aggravated Burglary

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at approximately 5pm, Third District officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of East 61 Street for an aggravated burglary/shooting incident where a man came home to find that his home had been broken into.  Upon encountering the homeowner, a suspect fired shots at the victim.  Witnesses reported that the suspect entered a tan pick-up truck.

At approximately 7:20pm, zone car officers were on routine patrol in the area of East 79th Street and Redell Avenue when they observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle from the aggravated burglary/shooting incident.  Officers followed the suspect vehicle and activated the overhead lights of the zone car, the suspect vehicle then pulled into a driveway in the 7600 block of Redell Avenue.  Officers exited their zone car and one of the suspects immediately exited the suspect vehicle from the passenger side.  The driver remained in the vehicle.

Officers order the suspect to place his hands on top of the suspect vehicle so that they could conduct a search of his person for officer safety; at this point the contact officer holstered his weapon.  The suspect suddenly produced a handgun, pointing it in the direction of the contact officer.  The officer grabbed ahold of the suspect and a struggle ensued at which point the suspect fired a shot which narrowly missed the officer’s head, and caused severe powder burns to his face due to the close proximity of the weapon.

Both officers continued to struggle with the suspect, the suspect lost control of his weapon and then attempted to pull one of the officer’s service weapons from his holster.  Upon the arrival of back up officers, the suspect was taken into custody.  The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.

One officer sustained injuries including burns to his face, hearing loss, and a laceration/bite to his finger, damage to the cornea of one eye and abrasions to his hands.  The second officer sustained contusions to his head and cuts to his hand.  Both officers were treated for their injuries at the Cleveland Clinic.  The suspect who fired upon the officer was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center due to shortness of breath.  He was treated and released from the hospital; both males remain in police custody.

This matter remains under investigation.