Off-duty officer saves man during hammer attack

Posted at 10:43 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 22:43:10-04

Robert L. Jackson credits an off-duty Cleveland police officers with potentially saving his life during a Sept. 24 attack outside a Harvard Avenue restaurant.

Cleveland police report Jackson was assaulted by an employee at the Takeover Restaurant after a verbal argument spilled out into the parking lot. The employee used a silver and black hammer to attack Jackson.

According to the police report, off-duty Cleveland police officer Marcus Cloud, who was sitting at a traffic light in front of the restaurant, jumped out of his vehicle and stopped the on-going attack.

The suspect fled on foot and still has not been arrested. The hammer was recovered at the scene.

Jackson sustained a large laceration on his forehead and had to be taken by EMS to South Pointe Hospital, where he was later treated and released.

"I'm just lucky the officer was there to help," said Jackson.  "He's a good guy."

Jackson said the argument started inside the restaurant after he claims the kitchen manager insulted his girlfriend. Jackson told the kitchen manager chased him out into the parking lot and struck him in the head with the hammer.

The restaurant owner confirmed his employee has now been fired, as police follow-up on numerous leads in the search for a suspect.


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