A convenience store robbery led to a full-blown manhunt in mid-town Cleveland yesterday. 90.3 WCPN's Karen Schaefer was on the scene.
Karen Schaefer- Police say two armed suspects robbed a convenience store at W. 140 and Lorain at 11:19 yesterday morning. They fled the scene, leading officers on a high-speed chase along I-71 north. Just off the highway here at the intersection of W. 30th and Chester, the escaping vehicle hit a semi truck and spun out of control. Mike Mizerock, manager of a local garage, says he saw what happened.
The garage manager says the driver of the car was wearing a white shirt. He says the other man was dressed in blue. That's the man Cleveland State University employee Shelley Traylor may have seen entering the basement of the Cole Continuing Education Building where she works on the CSU campus.
Police units quickly arrived on the scene from both the first and third districts. They stopped traffic around the building and started evacuating CSU faculty and employees of WCPN.
For the next two hours, a SWAT team searched the building while K-9 units tried to pick up the trail and a police helicopter circled overhead. Despite the heavy police presence, newly-appointed Police Chief Mary Bounds says both of the alleged suspects apparently escaped on foot.
Police Information Officer Sgt. Donna Bell says police are checking on the vehicle registration of the car used in the robbery, which had temporary plates. They're also following up leads from the store owner who was robbed. At this point police cannot confirm whether the two suspects are still armed and they say they have no information on who they might be. But Chief Bounds says she doesn't think it will be long before the two alleged suspects are taken into custody. Karen Schaefer, 90.3 WCPN News.