A Westlake senior citizen was mugged in her home garage by a man who allegedly followed her from a shopping trip.
Police report that at 9:10 p.m. the evening of Feb. 24, the 73-year-old Westlake woman was robbed of her purse after she parked her car in the garage of her Hilliard Blvd. home.
She became short of breath while being interviewed by Police, but declined transport by Westlake paramedics and was able to describe the suspect and give a detailed account of her shopping trip just prior to the incident.
The suspect followed her into her driveway; when she tried to close the garage door on him, he jammed a recycling container under it. He then pulled her hair, took her purse, and drove off eastbound on Hilliard Blvd.
The 53-year-old suspect, Clinton Harrill of Cleveland, is a former resident of Rocky River, near where the victim had been doing her shopping.
CCTV from area merchants showed the suspect trolling parking lots for a victim and then following this senior citizen. His manner of predatory stalking illustrates the importance of people being aware of their surroundings and attuned to suspicious behaviors, persons, and vehicles.
Cleveland and Westlake Police officers located him on the afternoon of Feb. 25 in the E. 71st area and arrested him.
The car he used was also located and impounded. Items of note in the 1999 Lexus include two Bibles, one of which is propped up on the driver’s side of the rear deck by the other.
It is hypothesized that they were placed there to deflect the suspicions of police officers. Instead, perhaps the people of Cuyahoga County can look for some Old Testament justice when Harrill is tried.
He is in the Westlake City Jail under a $50,000 bond on felony charges of Agg. Burglary and Robbery. He has previous convictions for B&E, Agg. Burglary, Agg. Robbery, Kidnapping, Felony Theft, and RSP dating back to 1989.