In January of 2018, a female reported that an unknown male followed her in the Walmart parking lot, approached her and then struck her on the buttocks with an open hand.  He then fled the area.  Officers were not able to locate him at the time.  Video surveillance was obtained from Walmart and confirmed the incident.  On April 27, 2018, the victim contacted SEPD to say that a similar incident occurred in Maple Heights, which she saw on the news.  The suspect in the Maple Heights incident was the same person that assaulted her.  After further investigation, he was charged with Sexual Imposition, in addition to charges from the Maple Heights incident.

In February of 2018, the South Euclid Police Department received several calls of shots fired at a home on Villa Drive.  The house was occupied by several people, including children.  The suspect drove away from the scene prior to police arrival.  Witnesses at the home all reported that the suspect was a family member known to them.  This stemmed from an earlier domestic disturbance.  After several hours, the suspect’s car was located in a Cleveland parking lot, and the suspect was arrested when returning to her car.  A search warrant was executed and a gun was located in the trunk of that car.  The suspect was indicted on several Felonies, including Attempted Murder.

In February of 2018, a victim reported that he had been robbed at knife point at a condominium complex.  The victim met the suspect on the alternative lifestyle dating website called Jack’d.  The two made arrangements to meet at the suspect’s condominium.  Once there, the suspect accused the victim of being broke, brandished a knife and stole the victim’s phone.  The victim fled the condominium and contacted the police.  Through investigation, a suspect was developed and he was subsequently charged.

In March of 2018, the South Euclid Police Department was contacted by the Beaverton Oregon Police Department requesting assistance in an investigation.  An executive of a movie studio was being threatened on-line. Beaverton PD believed the suspect to be a former employee of the studio, who was now a South Euclid resident. SEPD investigated and turned its findings over to the Beaverton PD.

In March of 2018, a South Euclid resident reported the theft of her identity. Investigation revealed that the victim’s brother used his sister’s identifying information to open lines of credit.  The suspect was chronically out of work due to a lingering injury and was using the fraudulently obtained money to get by. The suspect was charged and convicted.

In March of 2018, Krush Clothing reported the theft of merchandise.  The suspect had shoplifted over $1,800.00 worth of clothing.  An investigation revealed that this same suspect was involved in the attempted theft of merchandise from Krush’s store in Cleveland a few days later.  Through investigation, a suspect was developed and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  He remains wanted today.

In May of 2018, the South Euclid Police Department responded to Moore’s Auto Wash located at 689 South Green Road for a report of a break in at the business.  The investigation showed that the suspect broke a window and entered the business where he proceeded to steal the cash register.  The suspect was observed on video surveillance prying the cash register open in the parking lot of a nearby business.  While doing so, the suspect cut himself and left a blood trail behind a pile of debris. The investigating patrol officer located and secured all the physical and video evidence needed to assist in identifying the suspect. DNA analysis identified the suspect and he was subsequently arrested and charged with breaking and entering through Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, where he was sentenced to probation.

In July of 2018, a South Euclid Patrol Officer was operating stationary radar on Ammon Road when a vehicle passed him operating at 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.  The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, the driver would not pull over and continued driving until he reached the driveway to his residence, located on Hillary Lane in Richmond Heights.  The suspect then remotely opened the garage door to his home, pulled the car in and then shut the garage door, refusing all verbal commands given by the police officer to cooperate, stay in the vehicle and not to pull in the garage.  The officer called for back-up and attempted to knock on the front door of the home an attempt to initiate contact with the suspect.  While the officer attempted to knock on the front door, a gun was fired from inside the home. Not knowing if the shot was fired at him, the officer retreated to cover.  At this time, the suspect himself called the dispatch center and the dispatchers were able to convince him to exit the home, which he did.  He was arrested and denied firing a gun inside the home.  Detectives responded and a search warrant was obtained for the residence.  During the search of the suspects home, evidence was located that a gun was fired inside the home, in addition to officers locating a Taurus 9MM firearm concealed behind a half wall in the basement of the home.  The suspect was charged and convicted through the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas, of attempted having weapons under disability (felon in possession of a firearm) and obstructing official business.  He was sentenced to probation.

In June of 2018, a bank investigator reported fraudulent activity at a branch in South Euclid.  The suspect opened an account, deposited fraudulent checks into it and withdrew the money before the fraudulent checks were discovered.  Through investigation, a suspect was identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  He remains wanted today.

In July of 2018, the South Euclid Police Department was investigating a 13 year old runaway.  During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the 13 year old was in the company of an adult felon.  The juvenile and the adult were both located in Euclid by utilizing social media tracking.  A subsequent search of the juvenile’s cell phone revealed a video of the juvenile and the adult having sex.  The adult was charged and is currently awaiting trial.

On Tuesday, 8/28/18 around 1:16 am, officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Sheffield Road.  Upon arrival, officers observed several people standing outside near a vehicle which had extensive damage.  The male in possession of the auto refused to identify himself and remained highly uncooperative.  He repeatedly invoked the powers of ‘Baron Samedi’ to get all of us (referring to the police officers).  Baron Samedi is said to be a spirit of Haitian Voodoo, associated with death and the afterlife.  His disorderly behavior continued at the station, including assaulting one of our officers, refusing to put on jail clothes or answer booking questions, urinating through his cell door onto the floor, and damaging a camera.  He faces several charges, including Assaulting a Police Officer and Vandalism.  It should be noted that this male did apologize for invoking the Voodoo Spirit.

In August of 2018, the South Euclid Police Department responded to an aggravated robbery at the Speedway gas station located at 4549 Mayfield Road.  The cashier reported that a male came into the store, brandished a semi-automatic firearm, pointed it at him and demanded that he fill a bag with money from the register.  The suspect came into the store carrying a plastic bag but left it behind when he fled the store.  The plastic bag left behind by the subject was sent to the laboratory for analysis and DNA testing identified a possible suspect.  This same male also robbed a Walgreens in Cleveland Heights approximately eight hours after robbing Speedway.  The suspect was eventually arrested and gave a full confession to his involvement in both robberies.  He was convicted in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas of Robbery w/firearms specifications and having a weapon under disability. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

In August of 2018, the A & M Mart was broken into.  The suspect smashed a window on the front door, went inside and stole cash.  A suspect was developed through a similar crime that happened in Euclid.  Video surveillance from the crime was shown to the suspect’s parole officer who positively identified him. The suspect was charged and found guilty.

In September of 2018, the niece of an infirmed South Euclid resident reported fraudulent activity on her aunt’s account.  A blank check belonging to the victim was stolen, forged and then cashed.  The investigation revealed the account into which the fraudulent check was deposited.  This account holder stated that she got the check from a friend who asked her to deposit the check for her because she did not have a bank account.  The friend was identified and found to have been a home health worker who had been assigned to work at the victim’s home.  The home health worker was arrested and confessed to stealing the check.

In September of 2018, a male reported being robbed at gun point.  The victim stated that he was attempting to sell tennis shoes on-line.  He was contacted by the suspect and arrangements were made to meet at a house in South Euclid.  During the transaction, the suspect brandished a semi-automatic handgun and took the shoes.  The investigation revealed the suspect used a fake on-line profile to contact the victim. Through investigation the identity of the suspect was developed.  A subsequent search of the suspect’s house resulted in the recovery of the shoes, the gun and the phone used to facilitate the robbery.  The suspect was charged through juvenile court.  In addition, the gun used in the robbery was found to be connected to a shooting in Cleveland.