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Man pleads not guilty after police chase arrest involving stolen vehicle connected to slain Cleveland officer Shane Bartek

Butler is accused of leading police on a pursuit while allegedly behind the wheel of Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek’s vehicle.

CLEVELAND — Anthony Butler Jr. the man who was arrested following a chase connected to the death of Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek, was back in court Wednesday morning for an arraignment hearing in which he pleaded not guilty to charges in the case.

Butler is now scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m.

Butler is the man accused of leading police on a pursuit while allegedly behind the wheel of Bartek’s vehicle, which was taken after the officer was shot on New Year’s Eve.

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This latest court hearing comes after a grand jury indicted Butler last week for failure to comply with an order of a police officer, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.

Dashcam video of the chase from the Richmond Heights Police Department shows Butler being taken into custody after crashing the vehicle into a fence.

Officer Bartek, 25, who was laid to rest last week, was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive around 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.

“Detectives reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed Bartek being ambushed and robbed by an armed subject,” according to a criminal complaint in the case.

Officer Bartek was a two-year veteran with the Cleveland Police Department.

The alleged murder suspect in Bartek's death -- 18-year-old Tamara McLoyd – is facing multiple charges connected to the case.


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