Man robbed at gunpoint in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood after leaving plasma center

September 18, 2018

Man robbed at gunpoint in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood after leaving plasma center

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 44-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Monday shortly after he left a plasma center located in the city’s Tremont neighborhood.

The robbery happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday on Pame Avenue, east of West 25th Street, Cleveland police said.

The man told police that he sold plasma and was walking home on Pame Avenue when he saw an 18-year-old man he knows standing in a driveway with three other people. That person called him over and the man walked up to the group.

The 18-year-old ran inside the home when the 44-year-old man got there. One of the other men pulled out a gun and demanded all his money, police reports say.

The 44-year-old man tried to run but the other men grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground. The robber jammed the gun in the man’s right side while another man rummaged through his pockets, police reports say.

The men stole $260 and a cellphone and ran off.

The 44-year-old man spoke with police to police and spotted the 18-year-old he believed set him up in the robbery.

Officers got in their cruisers and tried to drive near the man but he took off running through a parking lot, police reports say. Officers found him on West 30th Street and Althen Avenue, about three blocks away, covered in sweat, according to police. 

The 18-year-old man told police that he was at a friend’s house and that he called the 44-year-old man over to buy marijuana, police reports say. He said he went inside to get money.

He said he didn’t know anything about the robbery and didn’t know the names of the three others who he was with. He told police he “might” be friends with them on Instagram.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of complicity to aggravated robbery, but has not been formally charged.

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