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Cleveland homicides reach 5 year high

James W. Wade III | 6/11/2014, 10:03 a.m.
For the first six months of 2014, Cleveland is at a five year high with 47 homicides.

Cleveland has been battling violence and the numbers are rising as we are just starting the months where the weather will and always plays a factor. For the first six months of 2014, Cleveland is at a five year high with 47 homicides.

The police homicide unit is currently investigating the death of a male that occurred on June 10 at approx 2:45 a.m. Officers from the second district responded to 3398 W.46 in connection with a male stabbed at approximately 1:30 a.m. EMS and police arrived and located 2 adult males with cuts and stab wounds. Both males were conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. one of the males expired at Metro. The second male was arrested for felonious assault stabbing and is still being treated for his injuries at Metro. The homicide unit was notified and is responding.

Monday night, June 9, the division of police (first district) is currently investigating a felonious assault stabbing that occurred at 3409 W. 86. This incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. First district officers received a broadcast assignment to respond to 3409 W.86 in connection with a male stabbed.

Preliminary investigations revealed that, upon arrival, officers and EMS located the male victim who suffered a stab wound to the neck area. EMS conveyed victim to MetroHealth Medical Center. Interviews and preliminary investigations also revealed that the stabbing victim was engaged in a physical altercation with a female described as a girlfriend.

At some point during that altercation, the victim was stabbed by female.

Suspect was not on scene at the time police arrived.

Earlier in the same vicinity, the first district detective bureau investigated a felonious assault shooting that occurred in the area 3600 W. 105th. This incident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. First district officers were in the area of Thrush Park on foot patrol when they heard multiple gunshots.

Officers were then flagged down by a witness who informed them that a group of juveniles on bicycles were firing a gun at another juvenile. While approaching the direction the witness provided, officers located a 15 year old male victim. The juvenile had been shot in the foot/ankle area. EMS was requested immediately and victim transported to MetroHealth Medical Center. Officers toured the area and interviewed several witnesses. There were no arrests made.

Saturday June 7, a 22 year old was shot at W. 107th and Jasper. The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. First district officers responded to a broadcast assignment for a male shot.

The victim was conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS where he expired.

The homicide unit was notified and responded to the hospital and the crime scene. Detectives are currently at the crime scene investigating the circumstances and motive related to this homicide.

“Violence is not set up to affect one side of town, the west side is just as bad as the east side,” said Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed. Reed and Councilman Jeff Johnson are teaming up to battle crime.