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Arrested man jumps out of Cleveland police cruiser, runs around downtown Cleveland

August 22, 2018

Arrested man jumps out of Cleveland police cruiser, runs around downtown Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man arrested on several warrants slipped out of his handcuffs and jumped out of a moving Cleveland police cruiser in downtown Cleveland as the officers drove him to jail.

The man— Norman Jones, 21, of Cleveland — was eventually arrested after the officers chased him into a vacant downtown building. He is charged with escape, a fifth-degree felony.

Cleveland police officers about 10:30 p.m. Saturday spotted Jones sitting in the front porch of his home on Larchmere Avenue, police reports say.

Jones ran inside the house and out the backdoor, police reports say. The officers ran after him. The chase lasted about 15 minutes until the officers arrested Jones several blocks away on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodstock Avenue, according to police reports.

The officers handcuffed Jones and put him in the back of their cruiser, police reports say. Jones complained that the cuffs were too tight, police reports say.

The officers said they followed the city’s use-of-force policy that dictates they loosen cuffs in that situation, police reports say.

The officers also left part of one of the cruiser’s windows down in the backseat because Jones was breathing heavily after the foot chase and they wanted to make sure he had enough air, police reports say.

The officers drove Jones to the Cuyahoga County Jail. But a few blocks away, Jones slipped his right hand out of the handcuffs, reached out of the open window and unlocked the cruiser’s door, according to police reports.

The officers ran after Jones but lost sight of him near West 2nd Street and Public Square, according to police.

An officer heard a door slam and realized Jones went inside the vacant 75 Public Square building, which is under renovation, police reports say.

Officers surrounded the building, went inside and heard Jones inside a room. The officers ordered him out, but Jones said he was lying on the ground, police reports say. 

The officers went inside, found Jones on the ground and arrested him again, police reports say.

Jones has warrants that accuse him of skipping court hearings for charges he faces in an aggravated robbery in Maple Heights and in a prescription-pill deception ring.

In the Maple Heights case, Jones is accused of trying to steal more than $1,000 in items from the Home Depot on Libby Road. He put the items in a shopping car and moved it to the back of the store near an exit, according to court records.

He walked to his truck and an employee followed him. Jones sped at the employee, nearly hitting him, and pointed a gun at the man as he drove by, according to court records.

He pleaded not guilty in both cases.

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