Man Pleads Guilty in Robbery Where Woman, 80, Used as Human Shield

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The man accused of using an 80-year-old woman as a human shield following a gun fight with police has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

According to Maria Russo, Public Information Officer for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, Cedric Parker, 23, of Cleveland, plead guilty today to charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with a June 26, 2011 robbery of a Family Dollar store.

Parker and a 17-year-old juvenile were in the process of robbing the store at 3407 Payne Avenue, when the store manager noticed police pulling into the parking lot.

The manager told the suspects that police were on scene and both ran toward the back of the store, exiting through a storage door.

Parker tried hiding behind a garbage dumpster and when police located him, he opened fire.

He then grabbed an 80-year-old woman and used her as a human shield while trying to flee the scene.

Parker fired several shots at the officers over the victim’s shoulder before entering the store again.

Once inside he demanded the shirt off an employee’s back and tried to walk out of store, telling officers he was an employee.

Parker was ordered to stop but he ended up eluding police. He was eventually taken into custody on August 29, 2011.

According to Russo, Parker faces 16 to 40 years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for April 9, 2012.