Grand jury indicts Bedford Heights man charged in connection with murder of Cleveland police officer
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The 28-year-old Bedford Heights man arrested driving murdered Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek’s stolen car was indicted by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.
Anthony Butler Jr. was indicted on the charges of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.
Officer Bartek, 25, was shot and killed during a carjacking on Dec. 31, 2021 in the parking lot of an apartment building at 4320 Rocky River Drive in Cleveland while he was off-duty.
Cleveland police said Tamara McLoyd, 18, of Garfield Heights, approached Officer Bartek in the parking lot with a gun, a struggle ensued and Officer Bartek was shot twice.
McLoyd then allegedly fled in Officer Bartek’s car.
Several hours later, Officer Bartek’s stolen vehicle was spotted by police and after a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the vehicle was recovered in Euclid and Butler was taken into custody.
Butler will be arraigned on Jan. 19.
McLoyd has pleaded not guilty to the charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault on a police officer, grand theft, petty theft and having weapons under disability.
She is also charged in connection with several unrelated aggravated robberies.
She remains held on a $5 million bond at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center and will be back in court on Jan. 20 for a pre-trial.
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