Cleveland business owners call for more police hiring after robbery spree

Business owners want more police after robberies

CLEVELAND - Cleveland business owner Nick Nimeh called for more police officers to be hired after his Subway Restaurant on Clark Avenue was victimized by an armed gunman on Nov. 6.

Nimeh, who owns a strip mall and other restaurants in Cleveland's 2nd police district, told News 5 more officers are desperately needed to deal with a growing number of armed robberies.

Nimeh said his restaurants have been held-up repeatedly, and something must be done about robbers who show no sense of fear.

"He walked in, he had the gun, he took the money and he just walked regular," said Nimeh. "He didn't run or he wasn't even scared. My employees, they want to stop working here. This is not good."

The Cleveland Police 2nd District Community Relations Facebook page reported other robberies in recent weeks, and posted a series of suspect surveillance pictures.

In Oct., a gunman entered Snappy Gas located at 4189 Ridge Road.

Police reported the suspect pulled a silver gun with a pink stripe and yelled “give me the money."

The suspect shot a round off in the direction of the clerk, then fled from the store in a possible gray or blue Kia Rio.

Police described the suspect as a white man, 5’11" to 6’ tall, 180 pounds, wearing a black Strongsville Track and Field hooded sweatshirt with a horse image on it, a navy blue Cavs finals hat, and black and white tennis shoes.

On Nov. 1 police reported a robber hit the Family Dollar located at 6605 Clark Avenue and attempted to steal glade air fresheners without paying for the items.

Police reported the suspect attempted to exit the store and a store employee blocked the exit using a broom as a defensive weapon.

The suspect then pulled a knife and threatened to stab the employee, elevating the theft to an aggravated robbery. The suspect and victim wrestled and the suspect fled the store.

Police are looking for leads in all of these cases and are instructing anyone with information to please contact Detective Zola at 216-623-2711, or contact Detective Janet Murphy at email JMurphy3@city.cleveland.oh.us or call at 216-623-5218.

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