$5M bond set for woman accused in deadly carjacking of off-duty Cleveland police officer
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday set a $5 million bond for the 18-year-old woman charged with murder in an off-duty Cleveland police officer’s death.
According to court records, Tamara Unique McLoyd of Garfield Heights is facing a charge of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, in connection to the deadly carjacking of 25-year-old Shane Bartek.
A Cleveland Municipal Court document said McLoyd “did purposely cause the death of Shane Bartek during the armed robbery of his vehicle.”
Bartek was fatally shot in a carjacking on New Year’s Eve on the city’s West Side, according to Cleveland police.
A Cleveland police spokesperson said the carjacking happened around 6 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive in the Kamm’s Corner neighborhood.
According to the court document, surveillance footage reviewed by detectives showed Bartek being “ambushed and robbed” in an apartment building parking lot.
A prosecutor said McLoyd allegedly admitted to shooting Bartek in an interview following her arrest.
According to a news release, Richmond Heights police have charged a second person, Anthony Butler Jr., with fleeing and receiving stolen property in connection to Bartek’s death.
Richmond Heights police said Butler was identified as the driver who led police on a multi-jurisdictional pursuit in Bartek’s stolen vehicle.
The prosecutor called Butler “an accomplice” and said he allegedly told police he received Bartek’s car from McLoyd.
Butler led police on a chase north on Richmond Road into Euclid onto East 260th Street and eventually to an apartment complex at 260th and Lake Shore Boulevard.
Kevin Watts was the Richmond Heights officer on duty during the chase and while speeds reached 95 miles an hour Watts felt the circumstances, including the danger the suspect posed to the community, warranted the chase continue.
“Typically we don’t pursue at speeds like that, it is incredibly dangerous but luckily we have good training, good experience and great officers,” officer Watts said, “The risk posed by the individual in that vehicle to the public was extreme and we needed to get that person off the street.”
Richmond Heights officers were able to take Butler into custody without firing their weapons.
Butler is being held on a $5 million bond, according to Richmond Heights police.
Judge Suzan Marie Sweeney said McLoyd is suspected in “several aggravated robberies across the greater Cleveland area.”
Court records show McLoyd was wanted on an aggravated robbery charge stemming from a Nov. 2, 2021 incident.
An arrest warrant released to 19 News said McLoyd was involved in an armed robbery at Happy’s Pizza on Detroit Avenue where two employees who were closing the business for the night were pistol whipped and robbed.
Judge Sweeney set McLoyd’s bond at $125,000 for the aggravated robbery, noting that she is wanted in Strongsville for theft and on probation in Lorain County.
Bartek was hired by Cleveland police in Aug. of 2019, the spokesperson said, and served in the Cleveland Division of Police Fifth District.
The Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County said a cash reward up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity and prosecution of anyone involved in Bartek’s death.
McLoyd is due back in court on Jan. 11 for preliminary hearings, Judge Sweeney said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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