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Deaf men take the law into own hands, honored for tackling murder suspect

Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO) Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO)
Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO) Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO)
Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO) Men honored at Parma City Council meeting. (Source: WOIO)
Citizen and officer who caught gas station murder suspect to be honored at city council meeting. (Source: WOIO) Citizen and officer who caught gas station murder suspect to be honored at city council meeting. (Source: WOIO)
PARMA, OH (WOIO) -

Robert Sposit was working in his Sunoco store on Pearl Road when police say a 21-year-old man came in to rob it.

While gunfire was being exchanged between Sposit and the robber inside the store, Steve Oska, Sr and his son Steve Jr. tried to call 911 while the suspect shot at them.  

Steve Sr. eventually tackled the suspect and tried to keep him from leaving the store, but the suspect got away.

Gregary Starkey, seeing his friend Bob on the ground, followed the suspect in his car and called 911 as well. 

"I wish I could tell you to answer you why I followed him but I did because he needed to be caught," said Starkey.

And only having a partial plate Starkey says the number is embedded in his brain,"XYZ5662".

That was enough for Parma officer J.D. Fullerton. He managed to get the rest of the plate and alone tracked the suspect to his home.

"The vehicle was a very close match to the description and I noticed a couple of blood spots inside and outside," Parma officer J.D. Fullerton said.

All of men were honored Tuesday night at the Parma City Council meeting, even though they all didn't expect to be. 

Especially when you realize the father/son Good Samaritans can't hear or speak. They have been deaf since birth.    

"Yet they physically intervene, tackled the suspect, wrestle his gun away and practically chased them out of the building," said Parma police chief Robert Miller.

Police said the suspect is Logan Sinclair. They said he killed Sposit and never got a penny.

So these men  took justice in their own hands. In writing we asked the father/son duo if they would do it again and they both nodded yes.

After all Bob was there friend, and he would have done the same for them. Starkey agrees with the Oska's.

"Bob died for no reason at all.  Would  I do it again? In a heartbeat," added Starkey.

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