Police Investigate Teens in Murder of Cleveland Clinic Tech

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Stephen Halton Jr.

Stephen Halton Jr.

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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  • JP

    I hope it is them. If this was happening in Collinwood, it gotta be them. Whoever their parents are fucked up ones that should never had children.

  • Big Guy

    If they did it, no slap on the wrist. They should be put in front of a firing squad. That would almost stop these crimes. My heart goes out to his family, a guy just doing the right thing gets executed because these punks think they are entitled to what he has.

  • Karen Robinson

    What can be said? An educated christian family man who is actually on his way to save anothers life is gunned down by thugs. Why are they out that time of night , where are the parent(s). You know the gun is stolen. I hope they are tried as adults. I hope they feel like big men while they are showering in prison.

    • John Smith

      Time for BLACKS to break with the infamous black code of silence ….. BLACKS will never blame other BLACKS for perpetuating the very stereotype that they accuse whitey of using about them. As a subculture these people are very seriously flawed!

  • MrsLittle

    It’s always stuff happening in that area and it don’t always get reported on the news. 152nd period is off the hook may it be st. clair or lakeshore it’s off the hook. That is sad that man got killed like that, and for what???? Yes, parents should be held accountable but these children, (which we all know it was), they need to see what it is like in prison. See most of them are doing this for gang credit but are totally unaware of the consequences or some parents just don’t care. If you ask me, most parents i know act like 13,14,15,16,17 is the new 18 and it’s not. As a parent, i am NEVER, and i mean NEVER going to stop advising my daughter, i may at some point be done raising her but as far as keep her head leveled, that’s all her life. You can’t just figure you got a teenager and you are done raising them, that’s when they need you most, i mean hell, it’s easy to feed them, give them a bottle, burp them, change them, and whatever we do in the beginning, but i’m saying the preteen and teen years are the most critical years and any good parent should know that, but seems like today, parents themselves, still need guidance. To this man’s family, i am so sorry that you lost a good descent man, i am, especially the way he died. I never thought that murder meant ‘it is your time to go.” That is an act of the devil, and whoever did it will suffer more than this man and his family trust, read your word, you do not wanna feel that wrath of God, because he chooses to have grace and mercy on us, and he can also make the choice for us to suffer. Whether it was kids or grown men, this was horrible, he was only going to work to save a life, and he lost his. God bless his family, friends, coworkers, and any loved ones he knew. Amen!

  • Mrs. J

    I was truly saddened to hear news of a old friend being killed while on his way to work; to assist in saving a life and providing for his wife and two babies. We take comfort in knowing that he lived a life of holiness and is now with our Savior. But we mourn because of the manner in which he was taken. I pray God brings light to this investigation and the people involved are brought to justice.

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