Police investigate two similar armed robberies on west side
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened on the city’s west side Monday.
The first happened at just before 10 p.m. The victim said she was walking from the West 150th Street/Puritas Rapid station at the time when a man crossed the street and approached her. He had a black handgun wrapped in a brown paper towel.
A second suspect came up from behind her. The two took the woman’s shoulder bag, $11 and a cell phone.
The victim reported seeing a small black car in the area that had passed her several times prior to the robbery.
The second robbery happened at about 10:47 p.m. in the 4500 block of West 174th Street. Police were called to reports of a man shot. When they arrived at his home, the man was laying face down on the floor in a back bedroom.
He told police that he’d been walking home from work while drinking a milkshake.
He was approached by two men, one of whom was wearing a black zip up sweatshirt that was pulled over his face and black pants. The suspect also had a black semi-automatic gun and said, “stop right there.”
The second suspect was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored camouflage pants.
The victim tried to grab armed suspect’s arm and hit him with a closed fist in an attempt to get away. That’s when the suspect fired a shot, which hit the victim in the lower abdomen. The two suspects fled, and the victim was able to make his way to his home nearby.
He was treated and released from the hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.