April 25, 2014

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Suspect arrested in Avon carjacking

AVON – Two males are under arrest following an early-morning carjacking in which the stolen vehicle crashed into a pick-up driven by a Westlake man, and a Westlake school was put on lockdown for about two hours.

According to Westlake police, the incident began at 6:43 a.m. when Avon police reported a Ford Taurus was taken from a woman at an Avon daycare center on Detroit Road near Bassett Road.

Shortly after the theft, that vehicle crashed into a Ford pick-up driven by a 54-year-old Westlake man, and the car’s driver ran off afterward.

The suspect, a 24-year-old Cleveland man, forced his way into an apartment nearby where he fought with Westlake police before being Tasered and subdued, according to a statement from Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner.

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Both the suspect and the driver of the stolen vehicle were taken to St. John Medical Center in Westlake. The suspect’s injuries were not known, but the driver of the pick-up was being treated for face, back and arm injuries, according to Turner.

Avon Police Larry Fischbach said the suspect had not yet been identified.

A second suspect, believed to be a juvenile, was taken into custody by Westlake police at 9:12 a.m. after he ran from police near the Hunters Chase apartment complex on Detroit Road.

Westlake police believe the juvenile was an accomplice of the man who stole the Ford Taurus, and he may have been trying to find the man after getting rid of another vehicle believed to have been taken in a similar carjacking-type incident in Cleveland earlier this morning, according to Fischbach.

The car taken from Avon was taken from a 38-year-old Avon woman, who was being treated for unknown injuries at the EMH Avon Health Campus after the incident. Her car was taken at 6:28 a.m., Fischbach said.

“Our dispatchers received a call from a female who said she had been assaulted in the parking lot of Laura’s Learning Treehouse,” Fischbach said.

The facility, located at 37190 Colorado Ave., is a childcare center where the woman is believed to be employed, Fischbach said.

The woman was taken to the EMH center by Avon Fire Department ambulance, Fischbach said.

The incident led to a nearly two-hour lockdown of Bassett Elementary School on Bassett Road starting at 7:22 a.m. after the second male suspect ran from police following the crash.

The school, which began classes Friday, was given an all-clear at 9:15 a.m.

Police from North Ridgeville, North Olmsted and Rocky River assisted Avon and Westlake in searching for the two suspects.