Man charged in Cleveland bar shooting that killed one, injured four arrested in Las Vegas

August 1, 2018

Man charged in Cleveland bar shooting that killed one, injured four arrested in Las Vegas

CLEVELAND, OHIO — A man who is one of three charged in connection with a shootout outside a Cleveland bar that left one dead and four others injured was arrested late Tuesday in Las Vegas, officials said.

U.S. Marshals arrested Clarence Bennett, 38, in Las Vegas with the use of a police dog to chase down Bennett, who ran from officers, the marshals said.

Cleveland’s U.S. Marshals learned Bennett was in the Las Vegas area and contacted their counterparts in Nevada. They conducted surveillance on Bennett and later arrested him. He is jailed while awaiting extradition back to Cleveland.

Bennett is one of three people accused of firing dozens of shots on Aug. 19, 2017 outside Freck’s Lounge on Superior Avenue and East 112th Street. Darryl Howard, 45, died in the shooting.

The shootout happened after a fight broke out at the bar on Superior Avenue and East 112th Street, police said. The fight spilled outside and witnesses told police at least three people fired shots at each other, according to police reports.

Officers recovered several bullet casings from different guns and towed three vehicles as part of the investigation.

Howard died at the scene and four others between the ages 29 and 45 were injured in the shooting. Those injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

One of two co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the shooting.

John Mittman III, 22, pleaded guilty June 5 to felonious assault and firing a gun near prohibited premise. Murder charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before his sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

Lance Franklin, 32, pleaded not guilty to murder charges. He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $1 million bond until his Aug. 6 trial.

Bennett spent three years in prison in 2012 on three separate cases, including one in which he pistol-whipped a woman’s face, fired three gunshots at her and pointed his gun at police officers responding to the scene. He was also convicted of possessing a gun as a felon and for an attempted robbery the same year.

He also served a three-year sentence in 2000 for shooting a man in the 1200 block of East 105th Street, and has been convicted of drug trafficking four times, drug possession four times and receiving stolen property.  

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