Cleveland police chief announces arrest in November quintuple murder

Cleveland police chief announces arrest in November quintuple murder
Sgt. Ali Pillow provides more details. (Source: WOIO)
Sgt. Ali Pillow provides more details. (Source: WOIO)

During a press conference on Wednesday,

Chief Calvin Williams announced an arrest in a recent high-profile murder case.

After months of investigations, a suspect was finally arrested in connection with a quintuple homicide in November 2014.

Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said a male suspect was arrested Wednesday morning on the west side without incident.

He was then taken to police headquarters for questioning. 

Police are now working on charges. More information on the suspect will be released once he is formally charged.

Williams says the investigation continues as more evidence is gathered.

On Nov. 21, 2014, five people were killed when an unidentified gunman opened fire at a home on East 92nd Street.

Jario Taylor, 18, Lemon Bryant, 60, and Shaylona Williams, 17, were killed inside the home. A 10-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet after the shooter spotted her entering the home. He then ran outside to continue his killing spree, shooting Sherita Johnson inside her vehicle. The 41-year-old woman was pregnant.

Wednesday's news brings some comfort to Jalonte Johnson who lost his loved ones.
"So just to hear the news today is a sigh of relief. You know I can breathe a little better and it makes me really know that the police are doing their job," explained Johnson.

It's still unclear how or if the suspect knew the victims.

Investigators say the murders were "brutal and tragic." They say this arrest is the "first step for the community."

"The dozens and dozens of tips that we received helped our investigators bringing a little bit of closure to the family," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

"We've got a lot of evidence to go through as far as who pulled the trigger that that's yet to be determined," said Deputy Chief Ed Tomba.

As police continue to work this case, Jalonte Johnson says he hopes to someday have closure, knowing that someone will be brought to justice even though he says it won't bring his loved ones back.

"If this next step is no bigger than this one long as we continuously make progress to get the person who did this, I'm going to let the police do their job," said Johnson.

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