CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four children are back home with their mother after an Amber Alert was issued for them Wednesday. Cleveland police say their father had threatened to kill himself and the children.
Around 6:00 p.m., the four children were brought safely out of a home on Sulzer Avene in Euclid. Octavia Jr., 11, 10-year-old Tamiya, 9-year-old Alonte and 6-year-old Tameya appeared to be fine. Minutes later, the children’s father, 33-year-old Octavia Hatchell, was taken out of the same home and arrested by police.
“I’m good man. I’m good man. I’m good,” said Hatchell, responding to a friend, Calvin Jones, as he was led into a police cruiser in handcuffs.
Yowanda Walker, Hatchell’s girlfriend, says Ron, as she calls him, came over with the kids just before noon.
“He parked his car, he got out and when he come over he always parks his car back there, and he asked me to let him use my car. He parked his car, he got in the car and pulled off, the kids stayed here with me,” said Hatchell.
According to Cleveland police, the ordeal began around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, when they received a domestic violence call from Hatchell’s wife from the 3800 block of Bivens Avenue in Cleveland.
“She was saying, ‘Get off me,’ and then he was standing in the door. She was halfway naked. She started running up the street from him and he went back in the house, came back out, went over and had words with whoever let her use the phone to call the police and he went back in the house, got something, he had a bag and he left,” said Marcus Murray, a neighbor of Hatchell’s wife.
When officers arrived, he was gone, but police say Hatchell then called his wife to say he had taken the children out of school.
“Hatchell had gone to all four children’s’ schools, picked them up and stated that he was going to kill them and kill himself,” said Cleveland police Sgt. Sammy Morris.
That prompted Cleveland police to issue an Amber Alert, which Hatchell’s girlfriend said she knew nothing about.
“We were in the house, I was cooking, they were watching cartoons, he was upstairs,” said Walker.
Police say an alert neighbor saw Hatchell and the car at Walker’s home in Euclid and called police.
“I asked him, ‘Well Ron, what’s going on?’ He said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know what this girl done done now,’ cause they been getting into it for a while now.”
Hatchell is being held in the Cleveland city jail, although he has not been charged. The children returned with home with their mother just before 9:30 p.m.