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Man broke into elderly blind woman’s Cleveland home, stole car with 2-year-old inside, police say

August 3, 2018

Man broke into elderly blind woman’s Cleveland home, stole car with 2-year-old inside, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man who told police he believed people were hunting and trying to kill him broke into an 80-year-old blind woman’s home and later stole a car from a gas station with a 2-year-old boy in the backseat, police said.

George Palmer, 29, is charged with kidnapping, burglary, theft and grand theft. He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $50,000 bond.

The incident began about 6 a.m. Monday when Palmer kicked in the door to the woman’s home on Guthrie Avenue and West 72nd Street in the city’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

The woman woke up and asked who was in her home, police reports say. Palmer told the woman people were outside and were trying to kill him, according to police reports. The woman told police she was scared to move, but told Palmer to sit down on her couch while she called police.

Palmer sat down for a moment, grabbed a paring knife and ran out of the house while the woman was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, according to police reports. 

Palmer ran to the nearby Hanini’s gas station and jumped into an unlocked and running car of a woman who briefly went into the gas station.

The woman told police she walked out of the gas station and saw Palmer standing near her car. She yelled at Palmer to get away from her car. Palmer jumped in the driver’s seat and sped off as the woman tried to grab the door handle.

The woman’s 2-year-old son was in the backseat.

Palmer drove around for about 10 minutes until he ended up at the police’s Second District headquarters on Fulton Road.

He walked inside carrying the boy in his arms and told police that someone he met at an apartment on West 116th Street and Madison Avenue was trying to kill him, police reports say.

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