Cleveland: Police investigate downtown carjackings

3:29 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Police are investigating a string of carjackings in the downtown area of Cleveland.

Investigators suspect that at least some of the carjackings are related.

The first incident happened on June 22 in the 600 block of Front Avenue. The 22-year-old female victim told police she was sitting in her car waiting for her boyfriend who was in court. Just before 10 a.m. a man got into the car on the driver's side and pointed a gun at her face and forced her out of the car. Police found the vehicle a short time later.

On July 12, a man who had just left the Justice Center told police he was approached by a man near West 3rd and Lakeside. The man first asked for change for a $20 and then a light. When the victim reached for his lighter, the suspect pulled a gun and demanded the victim's car keys. The suspect also took money and the victim's cell phone.

On the same day, a 24-year-old woman told police a man approached her in a parking lot at West 3rd and West Lakeside Avenue and pointed a gun at her, then demanded money. The man forced the victim to the ground and took off in her car. The vehicle was located a short time later.

Then, on July 30, a woman told police she was in her car at a parking lot at West 9th and St. Clair when a man, who had been pacing in the parking lot, walked up and pulled a gun on her. The woman complied with orders to get out of the car and the suspect took off toward the Shoreway. The car was located but the victim's laptop and phone were missing.


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