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Cleveland officer dragged after attempting to stop a van used in an aggravated robbery

Officer dragged after Cleveland police chase
Posted at 5:16 AM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 18:01:07-05

One Cleveland police officer was dragged by a vehicle used in an aggravated robbery.

On Tuesday night, police spotted a vehicle at Liberty Gas on Kinsman Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle used in several aggravated robberies in Shaker Heights.

Officers said the chase started a little after 10:30 p.m. on Kinsman Road near East 146th Street when they tried to pull over the vehicle with around four or five men inside, who were believed to be the suspects in multiple armed robberies in Cleveland and Shaker Heights.  

The driver of the van took off and led officers on a chase for about 14 minutes before everyone in the van jumped out and took off running in the area of East 120th Street and Buckeye Road.

During the foot chase, one of the suspects was able to get back into the minivan and put the vehicle in drive. As he drove away, the officer was clipped by the suspect's door, causing the officer to be dragged for approximately five feet. 

After a short foot pursuit,  police located and arrested Nayonne Wilson, 25, of Cleveland in the backyard of 2911 E. 119th Street.

The officer who was dragged, along with two other officers were taken to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center with minor injuries.

The minivan was found a few hours later in the backyard of a home at the corner of East 127th and Mt. Overlook with all the doors open and no one around.

Police said they believed the suspects were involved in multiple armed robberies across Cleveland as well as an armed robbery of a video game store in Shaker Heights.

No other suspects have been located, police said.