Kirtland Police arrest Cleveland triple murder suspect

Kirtland Police arrest Cleveland triple murder suspect
Dalevon Artis, suspect in triple homicide arrested. (Source: Kirtland Police)
Dalevon Artis, suspect in triple homicide arrested. (Source: Kirtland Police)

KIRTLAND, OH (WOIO) - The suspect wanted in a triple homicide on Cleveland's east side has been arrested.

Dalevon Artis, 22, was arrested Wednesday morning by Kirtland Police after someone called about a suspicious person in the neighborhood of Chillicothe Road and Alpenrose Drive. 

"The male was sitting on a curb with his head in his hands. He appeared to be in some need of assistance. Officer made contact with the male and patted him down for weapons and recovered a loaded pistol. The male was later identified as Dalevon Artis. He was placed under arrest," said Sgt. Jamey Fisher with Kirtland Police.

Artis was picked up for the weapons violation, as well as three aggravated murder charges stemming from last week's killings on Ada Avenue. Police say he did not resist arrest.

Three people were found dead inside a home in the 11100 block of Ada Avenue on Friday afternoon. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says Nancy Worthean, 58, K'yara Artis, 26, and Melvin Johnson, 76, were all shot to death. K'yara was Artis' cousin and Melvin was his uncle. Nancy was Melvin's girlfriend.

Johnson's SUV was taken from the scene and found Sunday at an apartment complex in Euclid.

Artis is no stranger to police. He was convicted of aggravated menacing last year in Cleveland and was released from jail in November. His criminal record also includes convictions of harassment of an inmate, plus attempted aggravated arson.

Artis was arraigned in court Wednesday morning. He will be transported to Lake County Jail soon, where police will pick him up to take him back to Cleveland.

Cleveland Police will be handling the investigation.

In the meantime, a memorial grows outside the home.

Shirley Artis is grieving over her daughter's death, but she has her doubts about the arrest.

"He may have been arrested, but I'm not going to say he did it," she said. "He was close to me and to K'yara. That's why it's so hard to understand."

She says she will let a jury decide his fate, as she makes funeral arrangements for her family. 

"I really wanted them to catch whoever took my baby away," she said.

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