Downtown Safety Questions Still Unanswered

CLEVELAND – Action News' Ed Gallek learned of yet another violent holdup in Downtown Cleveland recently, leading him to start asking questions about your safety.

It's a story that you could have only seen on Action News.

You've probably parked in Downtown Cleveland for ballgames and concerts, but Action News learned that, over the weekend, armed robbers terrorized two teen-agers near Jacobs Field.

The robbery was just the latest in a growing number of violent holdups in that area at night.

Early Sunday morning, four men surrounded the teens and robbed them at gunpoint in a downtown parking lot. The teens, ages 18 and 19, gave up their stuff and watched the bad guys take off.

Moments later, detectives tracked down the getaway car, and on Wednesday morning, the four suspects appeared in court. Two of the alleged robbers were from Detroit and the other two were local.

The incident was very similar to one last month in Cleveland's popular Warehouse District. Kevin Frontino and a friend were robbed. Police arrested four suspects from Youngstown.

"He had the gun pointed in my ribs," Frontino said. "I'm just like, wow … like something really could of happened worse. Like, we could have been shot."

Earlier this year, police also started arresting people for another string of downtown robberies. Prosecutors said that the suspects were gang members.

The, of course, there was the case of Cleveland Indians star pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who was robbed while partying at the exclusive downtown Marriott luxury hotel.

"Having that gun pointed at me, I just remember that feeling," Sabathia said. "It's just helplessness."

Action News asked the Cleveland Police Department what could be made of all of the recent armed robberies downtown. A spokeswoman for the CPD said that she'd get back to Action News.