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Police: Suspect killed man at Euclid Beach apartment then went on carjacking spree around Cleveland

Posted at 11:44 AM, Dec 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 10:48:02-05

Police have taken William Ted Jones, 27 of Cleveland into custody. Jones is accused of shooting and killing another man on the east side before carjacking several people as he fled from authorities. 

Officers first responded to the Euclid Beach Villa apartments on East 156th Street Saturday morning for a 21-year-old man who was shot in the head.

The 21-year-old has been identified as Jared Plesec of Cleveland. 

He was pronounced dead in the lobby of the building. 

The suspect left the building and attempted to carjack a woman at a nearby gas station. She drove away and the suspect shot at her, police said. 

He then carjacked a man in the area. 

The suspect took off in that vehicle and drove to the East 72nd Street marina where he left behind that car and carjacked someone else, police said. 

At some point, Lakewood police say the suspect went to Emerald Necklace Marina and carjacked a woman there. He also shot the woman in the leg.

He fled the marina in a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. That vehicle was found abandoned at 18813 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood in the middle of the street. 

The suspect then stole a 2017 Dodge Ram truck that was left running in a driveway. 

Around 9:30 a.m. police spotted the truck on Clifton Blvd. A few moments later, it was found abandoned in the grass in front of the Marine Towers East apartment building. 

Police later learned the suspect carjacked another vehicle in the parking lot of that building from a 65-year-old woman after throwing her to the ground. 

Authorities were able to box him in and take him into custody about a minute later.

Jones is charged with aggravated murder and was is being held on $5,000,000 bond.

Cleveland Metroparks released a statement Saturday afternoon, saying Scenic Park is closed to the public until further notice while police investigate. 

Read the statement below: 

Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department is one of three law enforcement agencies conducting an investigation related to a crime-spree that occurred Saturday morning involving one suspect, who was taken into custody by Lakewood Police. As this investigation remains open, Scenic Park is closed to the public until further notice. As always, the safety of our guests is a priority. Report any suspicious activity to a ranger or call the non-emergency number at 440-331-5530, or the emergency number at 440-333-4911.

Police have not released any victim information. They have also not identified the suspect.