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Police looking for man who allegedly hit woman with power saw, ordered her to undress at knifepoint

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 14:07:12-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Police Department is looking for a man who allegedly hit a woman on the head with a power saw and ordered her to undress at knife-point on Tuesday, according to a police report.

Shortly before 1 a.m., police responded to a house in the 3500 block of West 130th for a report of a naked woman who was assaulted.

Robert Johnson, who is being sought for aggravated robbery, went to the woman's home to pick up tools he had stored in her garage.

After he retrieved his tools, he knocked on her door to return the keys. When she opened the door, he asked for a cigarette. He set down his tools and grabbed a blue hand saw and hit her over the head with it, forcing his way into her house, the report states.

Once inside, he pulled out a rusty pipe and a black pocket knife that he hid under his camouflage jacket. He demanded she get naked and told her "If you don't get naked I will (sic) your kid," the report states.

When she got naked, Johnson allegedly pushed her onto the couch and grabbed a black zip tie and tried to tie her hands together. The woman grabbed the black knife and stabbed Johnson in the back of the neck, trying to fight him off.

A struggle ensued, and Johnson allegedly struck her in the side with the rusty pipe and sliced her bottom lip while he tried to get the knife from her, according to the report.

She eventually was able to grab the knife and stabbed Johnson in the side. She broke free and ran out of the house naked, yelling for help.

A taxi driver saw her and called 911. Johnson allegedly took her phone and ran out of the house, heading northbound on West 130th Street towards Lorain Avenue.

The woman was taken to Cleveland Clinic-Fairview Hospital for treatment, with her condition unknown at this time.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mike Volk at 216-623-2509.