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Cleveland: Four charged in kidnapping for ransom

5:45 PM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Four suspects arrested in the kidnapping for ransom case all have criminal records that include drug charges, according to records that Channel 3 News Investigator Tom Meyer examined.

Police released the names of the four suspects who were caught following a high-speed chase through Cleveland and some of its eastern suburbs.

Ron Brunson, Duane Gibson, Jay Hillsman, and Umar Clark have all been charged with kidnapping, assault, robbery and other felonies.

Cleveland police shot and killed a fifth suspect. They say Leon James, 23,  was shot and killed after police say he tried to run them down in his pick-up truck.

Sgt. Sammy Morris and Commander Drummond of the Cleveland Police Department tell Channel 3 News that around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, police received a call from a man who told officers his brother had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom.

A drop-off point for the ransom was set up. When the suspects went to pick up the bag of money, police and FBI moved in and the suspects fled.

There was a pursuit through South Euclid, Euclid, and Cleveland.

Janet Corrigan, of South Euclid, told the Investigator that one of the suspects was caught in her backyard.

"This is just a bit too exciting for me. I wondered what was going on," she said.

Another neighbor, Carl McCurry, said the car being pursued by police wound up stopping in his backyard.

"They(the suspects) were in a hurry to get away and the police were right behind them," McCurry said.

Three of the suspects were arrested and taken to the Fifth District police station.

Police received further information that other suspects may be at a location on Herrick.

When police arrived, they spotted the kidnap victim's car, as well as additional suspects and the victim in the garage.

The suspects began charging an undercover car and that's when officers opened fire.

Neighborhood resident state Rep. Bill Patmon heard the crash. He says he also heard at least 7 shots exchanged and someone yelling "get your hands off of me."

Patmon described the incident as "really shocking." Police have not released a motive.

Police rescued the victim, Lloyd Davis, 58, of Cleveland.  He was not injured.

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