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Man charged in armed robbery of woman in Ohio City linked to ‘robbery spree,’ court records say

October 11, 2018

Man charged in armed robbery of woman in Ohio City linked to ‘robbery spree,’ court records say

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Investigators linked an 18-year-old man charged the armed robbery of a 23-year-old woman in Ohio City to a robbery spree in the popular Cleveland neighborhood, according to court records.

Ra’Shdi Ruffin of Cleveland is charged with aggravated robbery in the Sept. 15 armed robbery of the woman. Ruffin is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $50,000 bond. 

A Cleveland police detective noted in court records that Ruffin was “in possession” of a Kia Soul was used “throughout a robbery spree of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.”

Court records do not specify any additional armed robberies linked to Ruffin, but said he’s suspected of committing “numerous” in the neighborhood. Ruffin is already charged in two burglaries on July 8 in the city’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood.

Ruffin was arrested Oct. 3. He admitted during questioning to committing the Sept. 15 armed robbery in Ohio City, according to court records.

The robbery happened about 6 p.m. on Franklin Boulevard near Circle Court.

In that case, the woman was walking home from a coffee shop and talking on her phone when Ruffin and another man ran up to her, according to police reports and court records.

The other man, who wore a mask, pointed a gun at her as Ruffin grabbed her purse and cellphone, according to police.

The woman tried to fight off the robbers, but Ruffin grabbed her purse and phone and ran away. The gunman fell while running away and the woman tried to grab him while yelling for help, police reports say.

Both men ran away. Two men nearby jumped on their bicycles and chased after the robbers, police reports say.

The gunman pointed his gun at the bicyclists and said: “You better get back or I’ll shoot you,” police reports say. One bicyclist wrecked his bike after seeing the gun, police reports say.

The two robbers ran back to a Kia Soul and drove south on West 31st Street. Ruffin later admitted to detectives that he was driving the Kia Soul and told detectives that the woman’s purse was heavy because she had a laptop in it.

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