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1 armed suspect in custody after string of carjackings on city's west side

Posted at 5:24 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 12:15:28-05

Cleveland police have confirmed at least three carjackings on the city's west side on Friday—adding to the three reported carjackings that happened earlier this week in less than an hour from each other.

One person was taken into custody after suspects shot at two cars and carjacked three other people, according to police.

Police said the first attempted carjacking was reported at 2:40 a.m. near W.54th Street and Bridge Avenue. Suspects in a Chevy truck stolen from another carjacking earlier this week, stopped at a green light. 

The car behind them honked at the truck prompting the suspects to jump out of the car and start shooting.

The victim who honked was able to get away.

Cleveland police witnessed a second carjacking in the area of Berea and Triskett Avenue. 

The third reported carjacking was reported at W. 61st Street and Memphis Avenue. Police are sorting through the details but said it appeared the carjacking was in progress with multiple suspects and vehicles involved.

The suspects in a Sante Fe SUV led police on a high-speed chase reaching over 100 mph down Lorain Avenue. Authorities terminated the chase once they reached W. 117th street.

Around 3:45 a.m., the suspects were seen getting out of the stolen Chevy truck and running down W. 48th Street, just south of Memphis.

The suspect police took into custody was found hiding under a van on W. 50th Street, according to an officer on scene. The suspect refused to get inside the police cruiser. He was eventually dragged into the backseat.

Police are looking for several other suspects involved in the string of carjackings.

This is a developing story. News 5 will continue to update as more information becomes available.