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Suspected gang member linked to pair of Lorain slayings

LORAIN — The recent arrest of a suspected Westside gang member may be related to two killings in Lorain, according to a search warrant.

Sutton

Sutton

Lorain police arrested Chezeray Sutton, known as “Cheese,” at his home in the 800 block of West 17th Street on Feb. 4.

According to the search warrant, Sutton is suspected of being a gang member and low-level drug dealer. The document detailed that Sutton not only deals crack cocaine but “often sends younger males to do deals for him as to insulate him from police detection.”

Police targeted the residence after the June 2009 murders of two men, Christopher Hill and Marquis McCall, in the area of Long Avenue.

“Through investigation of these homicides, it was determined that a turf war had been ongoing between members of the Southside gang and members of the Westside gang,” the warrant said.

As a result, police have monitored the residence since January 2010 for drug and gang activity in an ongoing investigation.
During the raid, police discovered a gun, several kinds of ammunition, more than $600 in cash and baggies with possible drug residue in Sutton’s residence.

Sutton was charged with permitting drug abuse, court records show.

He has a criminal background, according to the warrant, and was convicted of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault and theft in September 2009.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at 329-7144 or kbushinski@chroniclet.com.