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Police investigate death of North Olmsted woman who was accused of arranging robbery in January

Posted at 11:44 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 18:30:27-04

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — The death of a 19-year-old North Olmsted woman, who was a co-defendant in a pending criminal case involving the beating and robbery of a man in January, is under investigation by North Olmsted police.

Maura Lang was found dead on Sept. 10 in a shed in the rear yard of her home in the 5000 block of Berkshire Drive, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lang is accused of arranging the beating and robbery of a 19-year-old North Olmsted man on Jan. 19 of this year in Cleveland, along with two co-defendants: 18-year-old Middleburg Heights man Yazan Saibh and 18-year-old Olmsted Falls man Saif Sehwail, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. The victim was attacked by Sabih and Sehwail and robbed of his phone. Cleveland police responded to the scene near West 30th Street and Walton Avenue, and the victim was transported to the hospital, according to prosecutors.

The Cleveland police report states that Lang picked up the victim in North Olmsted and drove him to Cleveland to buy marijuana. The victim told police that while they were waiting, one suspect got in the back seat, pointed a gun to his head and said "give me everything." Shortly after, two other suspects, one armed with a knife and the other a pole, ran up to the car wearing ski masks.

The victim said he was hit in the head and body with the weapons, and one suspect said "shoot him." The victim told Lang to drive away, but she didn't, the report states. She later told police that she didn't want to run over the victim.

During the attack, the victim asked a suspect, "Why are you doing this?" The suspect, identified in the report as Saibh, allegedly said, "You got me six months, b****." The report states the victim was a suspect in a case against Saibh that was dismissed in 2018.

The victim said the suspects pointed the gun at Lang and told her to drive away after he was dragged from the vehicle, the report states. She was driving home in her mother's car when a police dispatcher told her to return to the scene to talk to police. She claimed she didn't call police or check on the victim's condition because she was afraid of getting in trouble for trying to buy drugs.

Lang, Sabih and Sehwail were each indicted on four counts of aggravated robbery and four counts of felonious assault, the prosecutor’s office said. Lang was arraigned on March 6 and posted bond. Sabih posted bond on Jan. 26.

Lang was found dead on Sept. 10. On Sept. 11, Sabih failed to show for a pretrial. He has been arrested and booked into county jail.

Sehwail failed to show up for an arraignment on Feb. 27. He was arrested on July 4 and remains in the County Jail, prosecutors said.

North Olmsted police told News 5 that all information on the investigation into Lang’s death must come from the prosecutor’s office.

A funeral service for Lang is being held on Sept. 21 at St. Malachi Church at West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue at 1:30 p.m., according to her obituary.