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Shaker Heights police shut down entire neighborhood due to chase involving stolen car

One of the suspects was caught, while authorities are asking for assistance in catching the other.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Shaker Heights police confirm a red Toyota is what led to an entire neighborhood being shut down for a period of time Thursday afternoon.

It all began round 3:20 p.m. While running plates, officers realized the car had been stolen at gunpoint from Cleveland. Shaker Heights PD Commander John Cole says they followed the car, and that's when two people popped out and ran.

That's when it caught the attention of neighbor Will Grant.

"I heard they were looking for some guy and supposedly he had jumped a fence just a street over," Grant said.

A perimeter was set up around the 3000 block of Warrensville Center Road, with a message was sent out to neighbors: Stay inside, and if you're not there, avoid the area.

"A couple of minutes later, one of the guys ran down the street and down my driveway, through my backyard, and hopped the fence and continued on behind my backyard," Grant recalled.

One of the two suspects was caught, and Cole says people who live in the area should feel safe in their homes. Cole stresses the department wouldn't take down a police perimeter otherwise, but they would like anyone who saw or knows anything about the second suspect to come forward.

"A couple minutes later, I hear the guy got bit by the dog in Warrensville," Grant relayed to 3News, "so it seems like a sort of weird neighborhood group effort over here to track this guy down, and it kind of helps people are home."

And Grant has some advice after seeing something a suspect left in his front yard.

"Always tie your shoes if you're going to be doing athletic activity," Grant said.

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