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Councilman Blaine Griffin releases statement after suspect taken into police custody in connection to Little Italy carjackings

Councilman Blaine A. Griffin is thankful for the Cleveland Police and the Little Italy community for the arrest of one of the alleged carjackers.

CLEVELAND — Over the past few weeks, several young women have been carjacked in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, and today, many are grateful that police finally have a man in custody.

Councilman Blaine A. Griffin is thankful for the Cleveland Division of Police and the Little Italy community after the arrest of one of the alleged carjackers involved in the string of incidents. 

“The investigation is ongoing, and I expect more arrests,” said Councilman Griffin, who represents the Little Italy neighborhood. “But while there has been four recent incidents, including a non-fatal shooting, Little Italy is a safe neighborhood."

“Chief (Calvin) Williams and Commanders (Dorothy) Todd and (Sammy) Morris responded quickly to the recent rash of carjackings,” Councilman Griffin continued. “The community is and will continue to be vigilant in notifying the police if they see suspicious activity and the police will continue their work of apprehending the criminals.”

A 14-year-old male was taken into police custody on Wednesday afternoon in connection to the recent string of carjackings. The teen's identity has not been publicly revealed. 

According to Cleveland Police, four aggravated robbery/motor vehicle incidents have occurred in the area over the course of the past few weeks. 

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the Third District Detective Unit at (216) 623-5318. Anonymous information can also be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

The matter remains under investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates as they become available. 


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