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Cousins arrested in connection with armed carjacking in Cleveland

September 17, 2018

Cousins arrested in connection with armed carjacking in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Two cousins were arrested early Monday after they ran from a car that was stolen at gunpoint the previous day in Cleveland’s Union-Miles neighborhood, police reports say.

A 24-year-old man and the teen, whose age is not included in police reports, are being held on suspicion of aggravated robbery and other offenses. They have not yet been formally charged, according to court records.

The cousins have been identified as suspects in a carjacking that happened Sunday on East 98th Street at Gibson Avenue, police reports say. Investigators are still trying to identify a third male involved in the carjacking.

An East Cleveland man came to the Fifth District police station Sunday to report that three males took his 1999 Pontiac Grand Am at gunpoint in the city’s Union-Miles neighborhood, police reports say.

The 27-year-old man stopped at a stop sign and one of the robbers approached his car. The man felt something press against the side of his face, and noticed another robber holding a gun by his passenger-side door, police reports say.

The robbers ordered the East Cleveland man out of the Grand Am, and one robber got into the car and drove away. The other two robbers took the man’s shoes, his Apple iPhone 6 and $300 in cash before they ran away, police reports say.

Cleveland police officers spotted the stolen Grand Am just before 3 a.m. Monday on East 80th Street near Bessemer Avenue. They called for backup as they followed the car to Laisy Avenue near East 88th Street.

The Grand Am’s driver pulled onto a tree lawn and left it running while he and a passenger got out and ran from the stolen car. Other police officers who arrived as backup arrested the driver and the passenger without incident on Easton Avenue near East 89th Street.

Investigators found a Glock handgun on the ground near where they arrested the 24-year-old man. The Glock matches the description of the gun used in the carjacking, police reports say.

The teen’s mother came to the scene and told police officers that she did not know the 24-year-old man. But investigators learned the 24-year-old man and the teen are cousins who live at the same address, police reports say.

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