Man attacks Cleveland grocery store owner with baseball bat

October 11, 2018

Man attacks Cleveland grocery store owner with baseball bat

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An unidentified man attacked a grocery store owner with a baseball bat during an attempted robbery in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

The 64-year-old owner had large cuts on his head and bruises on his knee and hand after the Tuesday attack outside the Lorain Ave. Supermarket on Lorain Avenue near West 58th Street, according to a police report.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

The owner was outside the store about 8 p.m. when the man came up behind him and struck him in the head with the wooden baseball bat. The man demanded money from the owner, police reports say.

The owner tried to fight off the man, but the man knocked him to the ground and hit him several more times with the bat.

Another employee witnessed the attack and ran into the store. She locked herself in a bathroom and used her cellphone to call 911.

The man ran away before Cleveland police officers arrived. They searched the area but could not find him.

Employees said the man had robbed the store several days earlier. He forced an employee to give him $200 from a cash register, but employees did not call 911 at the time, police reports say.

The owner was taken to MetroHealth for treatment.

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