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'Machete'-style knife used in attack on store employee in Lakewood

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Feb 11, 2022

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A suspected shoplifter attacked an employee at a convenient store in Lakewood on Thursday with a weapon that resembled a machete, police said.

Officers responded at approximately 6:25 p.m. to the corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue where a Moon's Food Store employee was found bleeding with a 3-to-4-inch vertical laceration on his face.

The employee told officers that he had confronted a possible shoplifter and escorted him out of the store, at which point a fight ensued.

The employee and a nearby witness said the alleged shoplifter, later identified as by police as 42-year-old Chaun M. Cloyd, pulled out a large “machete” style of knife during the fight, which he swung and struck the employee in the face.

Cloyd fled on foot and was located by police at the Lakewood Emergency Department where he apparently was using the restroom to wash the blood off himself, police said.

The employee was transported to Fairview Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers located the knife at the store.

Cloyd was taken to Lakewood Jail. He was later charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, according to a news release from Lakewood police. Bond was set at $10,000. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

The incident remains under investigation.

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