Arrest Made Related to Teen’s Dragging Death

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Police have arrested a 16-year-old juvenile suspect for crimes related to the dragging death of Rosaura L. Oquendo on Cleveland’s west side Sunday night.

According to Sergeant Sammy Morris with the Cleveland Police Department, the teen was questioned earlier in the week and then again on Wednesday.

Morris says that following today’s questioning the teen was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident. According to Morris further charges are pending.

Oquendo died on Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. after being dragged along West 81st Street.

Morris had previously told Fox 8 News that according to a preliminary investigation, the suspect had been arguing with individuals at a home along the street. The suspect was driving a maroon Jeep, and Oquendo was standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle when he drove from the area.

Oquendo was dragged along the roadway before the suspect sped off.

An individual who witnessed the incident called 911 and Oquendo was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect surrendered to homicide detectives Monday. He was questioned and released.

Cleveland Police have also recovered the vehicle involved in the accident.

A vigil to remember Oquendo is scheduled for  tonight at 6:30 p.m. outside 2053 West 81st Street.

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