One arrested for rash of Little Italy robberies - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

One arrested for rash of Little Italy robberies

Police say a priest was pistol-whipped in one of several Little Italy robberies (Source: WOIO) Police say a priest was pistol-whipped in one of several Little Italy robberies (Source: WOIO)
The robberies occurred at various locations in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood (Source: WOIO) The robberies occurred at various locations in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Police have arrested one person in connection with the string of robberies in Little Italy.

The suspect was taken into custody at East 84th Street and Chester.

The rash of robberies happened Saturday night just after 8 p.m.

Police say three suspects robbed multiple victims.

The first happened near East 120th Street and Mayfield Road.

That's where a 61-year-old priest told police he was leaving church and heading to his car in the parking lot when he was approached by three men who tried to rob him and pistol-whipped him.

Another man in the parking lot yelled for help. Police say the suspects approached him and went through his pockets, but he was not assaulted.

The priest suffered minor facial and hand injuries and refused medical attention.

Police say a second call came in for a woman robbed on Coltman Road. She described the same suspects and said they tried to take her purse. Although she resisted, they got away with her wallet. She was not hurt.

Just after, police say a man was robbed of his wallet on Euclid Avenue. He also was unharmed.

Officers are still investigating the incidents and continue to look for more suspects, who appear to be black males in their 20s.

According to police, all of the suspects had handguns. One even had a handgun and a rifle.

Anyone who has more information that could help investigators is urged to call police.

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