Cleveland councilman walks neighborhood for safety

10:51 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed and concerned residents went door-to-door around E. 93rd Street Tuesday to warn neighbors about a number of recent murders and an abduction attempt.

"We're tired of the assault of our women being raped and murdered in this community," said Zack Reed, who represents Ward 2. "It's not a coincidence that 93rd is in all three of these situations."

"The bottom line I want to prevent more attacks.," said one woman who traveled from Kent to join in the effort. 

"Walk with a group, try to walk to the bus stop in the early morning if you have to with someone else," said LaShanda. "Let people know where you're going."

The group wants neighbors to know just how close these attacks are happening and just who might be responsible.

"We need your help. You may know what this person looks like or you may have some information this person has to be taken off the streets," said Reed.

Cleveland Police say there's no evidence to link the deaths of Trotter, 35-year-old Christine Malone or the victim of Saturday's attempted attack.

Sgt. Sammy Morris says police are questioning a person of interest in the death of 20-year-old Jazmine Trotter.

"It's scary. I'm afraid to go out this door once it gets dark. I don't want to open my door up. I'm afraid," said Rena Allen, who survived an attack herself decades ago.

"I am very glad to see that the community is coming together."
Reed and volunteers distributed flyers with a description of the abduction suspect, safety tips, and details on a community meeting set for April 9.

The April 9 meeting will be hosted by Reed and Council members Phyllis Cleveland and Mamie Mitchell and will include updates and safety tips from the Cleveland Police and Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

The meeting will be held at the E Prep Woodland Hills Campus, 9201 Crane Avenue near E. 93rd Street and Union Avenue and begins at 6 p.m.

Cleveland police, with assistance from the FBI, is currently investigating a kidnapping/gross sexual imposition incident which occurred about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30 in the 2900 block of East 116th Street.

The 20-year old victim reported she was walking to work when an unknown black man approached her from behind, grabbed her, and dragged her toward an abandoned house, where the man assaulted her and attempted to remove her clothing.

The attack was thwarted when a woman and two men drove nearby in a blue Pontiac during the attack and yelled, causing the suspect to run off.

Both incidents and other recent murders in the area remain under close investigation and anyone with information relating to either case is asked to contact detectives in the Homicide Unit or the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630.

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