Bank Robbery Suspect Flees on Skateboard

Fairview Police have arrested a suspect in a bank robbery reported to have used a skateboard as a getaway vehicle.

“The manager of Huntington Bank called reporting that the bank was just robbed and the suspect fled E/B from the business, last seen on a skateboard,” report Fairview Park Police of the Sept. 24 incident.

“Officers quickly responded, but the male was not located. Later investigation yielded video from a nearby school and business showing him skateboarding in his escape behind businesses, north on W 215, crossing Lorain Rd and getting into a very distinctive older van parked opposite the west exit of Gunselman’s Tavern.

“On Saturday night, a tip was received as to the identity of the bank robber. Our agency and the FBI followed up on this tip on Sunday, September 29th, locating the van outside a residence in Parma. Initially, the suspect was not present, but as law enforcement was leaving, information was received that he had just gotten dropped off in the area. A brief search resulted in locating him and he was arrested by Parma PD on some outstanding warrants.

“A Fairview Park officer interviewed the suspect, who admitted to Fairview Park’s bank robbery, as well as two others in Broadview Hts and Bath Twp. The 37 year old Parma man was later turned over to Fairview Park PD and is charged with Aggravated Robbery. He was arraigned and then released on bond, to be almost immediately arrested by Broadview Hts PD on their
warrant for same.”

Weapons Charge in Domestic Disturbance

Police responded to a Cromwell Ave address on 9-23 after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a teen that his mother’s ex-boyfriend struck her in the face and had a handgun which was pointed at them during the disturbance. Upon arrival, it was found the male had fled the scene, purposely ramming the female victim’s car in the process. Officers arrived almost immediately and observed the vehicle S/B on W 210 St. A brief pursuit ensued, with officers getting the car stopped near the stables at Puritas/Valley Pkwy. Initially, the gun was not located, but was later discovered in a concealed area of the vehicle’s console. The 27 year old Cleveland man, currently on parole for past offenses, was arrested and returned to the police station. He was charged with Attempted Felonious Assault, Abduction (for holding the victim and her two sons at gunpoint), Weapons Under Disability (felon in possession of a handgun), and Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle.

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