2nd Arrest Made in Rash of Violent Robberies

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland police have arrested a second person in connection with a rash of violent robberies in the North Collinwood area.

Now, investigators are trying to determine whether they have anything to do with the murder of a Cleveland Clinic employee who was robbed and killed while trying to catch a bus on his way to work.

Officers arrested a 20-year-old man and said while conducting a search warrant they recovered stolen electronics as well as a gun.

Police already have a 17-year-old in custody as a suspect in the robberies, and they are looking for a 16-year-old, too.

Michael Harris, 21, and his close friend, 19-year-old David Foster, said they were walking on East 167th Street on their way to the store around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

That's when they say two men with guns robbed them.

"As soon as we got to walking, he walked up behind us," said Harris. "He had the gun out and he was like, 'empty your pockets'."

"I was thinking about hitting him lightweight, 'cause I didn't know if he had a gun or not. I thought it was just like a strong-arm robbery," said Foster.

"I was like 'all right don't shoot, don't shoot.' They took my phone, they took my Ipod, my Gucci scarf, that was it, but I was lucky they didn't take my life for real...because they kept pointing those guns," Harris added.

They were robbed less than nine hours after Stephen Halton, Jr., 30, was robbed and shot to death several blocks away in the 15300 block of Lakeshore Boulevard.

Around 5 a.m. that day, Halton, a Cleveland Clinic anesthesia technician was walking to the bus stop headed to work to help with a liver transplant.

"We gotta get them off the street before another parent like me would be devastated," said Halton's father, Stephen Halton Sr.

"I want my brother to know that I will not rest until they are found," said his sister, Tanesha Halton.

There were three other armed robberies in the area on Saturday.

"Over the last couple of months, we've had a series of aggravated robberies," said fifth district commander Wayne Drummond.

Drummond said there were several more armed robberies in the area on Monday. He said they have identified several suspects, two of which are in custody, and they recovered a gun.

"It just can't be coincidental. I believe there's some involvement of these aggravated robberies by these individuals we have identified and arrested and this homicide that occurred. I'm hoping we can put it all together," Drummond said.

The Cleveland Clinic has established a Halton Children's Education Fund. Donations can be made at any KeyBank.

Another fund in Stephen Halton Jr.'s name is established at Charter One Bank.

8 comments

  • nicole b.

    i would like to express my sincere condolences to the halton family
    such an innocent life taking because we have a youth brought up without morals values or respect for life.there is an agenda out here in these cleveland streets. A gray mist covers the city. A new evil has tried to find a rightful place in which we all need to stand firm pray/prey agaist them in jesus’ name. Your family is in my prayers!!!

  • John L. Risner

    My wife worked with this young man and everything I’ve heard about him was nothing but positive. We don’t know why God allows such tragedies, one thing she said that struck me was that he was such a fine young man, an angel on earth, perhaps he had already fulfilled the good works God had planned for him on earth at such an early age. I’ve never met him, but I hired him to fix my computer once, and he did a fine job, and although I never met him, his passing at such a young age has enraged me beyond the point I ever thought I could go. I pray for his beaufiful wife and kids and his wonderful parents. I also pray they get the scum who ended such a beautiful you man’s life way too early. God clearly is in good company.

  • mesmerized foster

    My son was in this video. Him and his friend were robbed that same day. My condolences and prayers go out to the family. My only issue is that people in the community should have been notified as to what was going on.

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