Police Investigate Teens in Murder of Cleveland Clinic Tech
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police are investigating if several juveniles involved in a string of armed robberies on Cleveland’s east side are connected to the murder of a Cleveland Clinic employee during an armed robbery.
Stephen Halton Jr., 30, an anesthesiology technician for the Cleveland Clinic, was walking to the bus stop on Lakeshore Boulevard near East 153rd Street Saturday morning just after 4 a.m.
He was on his way into work to help with an emergency liver transplant. But he never made it. Someone shot and killed him during a robbery.
Halton leaves behind a wife and two small children.
“People get up every day and go to work to do the right thing. So that could happen to you, that could happen to me. That could happen to anyone,” Cleveland City Councilmember Mike Polensek said.
Cleveland Police Fifth District Commander Wayne Drummond told a packed house during a neighborhood watch meeting Wednesday night there were a handful of other armed robberies in the same area around the same time.
“My experience and my gut tell me this is somehow related,” Drummond said.
Drummond said there were six armed robberies targeting individual people within a few days of when Halton was robbed and killed.
Drummond said they have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the armed robberies and have identified two others through photos and believe more people are involved.
However, police are quick to say they have by no means solved the case.
On the contrary, they are increasing patrols in the area and the curfew for teenagers will be strictly enforced and parents will be cited.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.
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