(Updated) Cleveland Detectives Seek Help Identifying Rape Suspect: Video from West 104th Street and Lake Avenue Attack

Update: The reward for any information leading to the identification of the suspect in two early morning westside rapes has been upped to $10,000. Investigators have also released a second video that shows the suspect. That video can be viewed here.


From the Cleveland Division of Police:
The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit is currently investigating a rape which occurred on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at approximately 5:25 on West 104th Street near Lake Avenue. The victim, a 46 year old female, was jogging on West 104th street when a male ran up and attacked her from behind, knocking her to the ground in the street. The suspect punched the victim several times in her face and body and pistol whipped her before dragging her behind a building and raping her. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’6 – 5’7 in height. The video being released in connection with this incident shows the initial attack. Anyone with information regarding the identification of the suspect is asked to contact the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5154.

Cleveland Police have released more details from the attack. Lakewood police have released a sketch of the suspect.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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