Kidnapping incidents – near west side, early morning. 

KIDNAPPING INCIDENTS
The Cleveland Division of Police Second District Detective Bureau is investigating two kidnapping/robbery incidents which occurred in close proximity, same time of day and involving a similarly described suspect. It is unknown at this time if the suspect is the same in each incident. 
On February 1, 2018, an 18 year old male was walking in the area of W. 67 and Clark Ave. at approximately 7am when he was grabbed by a black male and punched, the male dragged the boy down the street and threatened him with a knife. The boy was able to break free and run. 
On February 13, 2018, a at approximately 630am, a 12 year old male was walking in the area of W. 39/Denison Ave when he was grabbed by a black male and taken to an abandoned home. The suspect attempted to rob the child, but the child had nothing other than school supplies. The child was able to break free and run. 
In both instances the suspect is described as a black male, 6’2, approximately 200 pounds. 
Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call detectives at 216-623-5218. Criminal activity should be reported immediately by calling 9-1-1. 
Parents are asked to be mindful of their child’s path of travel to school. Kids should be advised to travel lit roads when walking and not to take shortcuts through yards, etc. Young children should be accompanied by an adult or older children. Children walking to school should travel in groups or pairs whenever feasible.