CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police arrested the suspect that stole a blood delivery vehicle from outside of MetroHealth Hospital early Wednesday morning.
Police say the vehicle was taken from the medical center at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The delivery driver stepped into the hospital to make a delivery. The driver left the vehicle running with a female friend still inside. Police say an unknown male then got inside the vehicle which contained approximately 25 pints of blood. He sped off and drove to Willowick, police say, with the woman still in the vehicle.
Eventually, the female occupant was able to convince the suspect to stop and pull over. He then got out of the vehicle and left the scene. The woman was not harmed during the incident.
Police later located the suspect sleeping behind a home in the area where he exited the vehicle. Willowick Police will transfer the suspect into Cleveland Police custody.
Here is the Company Statement:
Early this morning while making a delivery at Metro, a driver's vehicle was stolen. Unfortunately, a fellow teammate who the driver was assisting due to their vehicle being down was in the front passenger seat of the car. Thankfully, the passenger is now safe and sound and the vehicle along with its contents were recovered.
On behalf of our teammates involved and Bonnie Speed we want to thank the Cleveland and Euclid Police for their quick response and thoughtfulness during this incident.
That is all we can say at this time as we are bound by HIPPA and client confidentiality.