I-Team investigation asks why man who fought with attackers had to wait for police

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The FOX 8 I TEAM is asking why police didn’t respond to a hold-up which happened up the block from their headquarters.

We’re investigating the response of University Circle police after what happened last Thursday evening in Little Italy on Coltman Road.

Noah Fowle said he pulled up to his home, and he was approached by two men. One had a gun. Fowle said he wrestled in college, and he started fighting with the two men. The men finally ran off when other traffic came through. But the ordeal left Fowle with bruises, a broken facial bone, and cuts.

However, Fowle and his girlfriend said they couldn’t believe what they heard when they called University Circle police.

Fowle told us, “When I called University Circle police… please send a car, and they told me, ‘No they would not. It was out of their jurisdiction.’”

Cleveland police cover Little Italy. Although from this crime scene, you can see University Circle patrol cars.

Ann Igoe heard the commotion as she was inside with a newborn baby. She said, “It’s disgraceful. You took an oath. Whether it’s your jurisdiction or not, you need to help.”

The I TEAM took a walk from the scene to the driveway of the police station. We measured less than 200 yards.

By phone, the University Circle police chief said, in fact, his force does not patrol Coltman. He said his department believed this was a simple fight, not a robbery. But University Circle police are looking into expanding their patrols.

Yet Noah Fowle doesn’t see enough Cleveland police here either.

Recently, up the street, another man said he got robbed at gunpoint.

No arrests have been made in either case.

Meantime, emails show Cleveland police took 16 minutes to get to the scene in the most recent case. That is now part of an internal investigation.