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.