Cleveland PD issue correction after police pursuit ‘does not appear to be a kidnapping’


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UPDATE (February 1, 6:30 p.m.): Cleveland police originally reported this incident as a kidnapping, but they have issued a correction.

Cleveland police sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia said a vehicle connected a reported kidnapping of a 15-year-old male was pursued by police Monday afternoon. She later told members of the media ‘This does not appear to be a kidnapping.’

There was a crash involving a police car at 9th and Superior where one of the officers in pursuit was t-boned by a civilian vehicle. Police originally reported that the kidnapping victim and an officer were injured in the crash. After further investigation, the officer did sustain injury but the other injured person was an occupant of the civilian vehicle.

After the crash, the suspect vehicle continued to flee the scene when two individuals exited the vehicle and ran in the area of the Hyatt at 200 Euclid.

One male suspect was later arrested in a parking garage and the second male, who police originally thought to be a victim of kidnapping, was apprehended at Eddy and Locke after a short foot pursuit – police believe the second individual may have taking public transportation downtown.


Monday around 3:30 p.m., Cleveland police pursued a vehicle in the downtown area, according to Cleveland police sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia.

Police had reason to believe the vehicle was connected to the kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl. During the short pursuit, there was a crash at 9th and Superior – one police officer and the 16-year-old kidnapping victim sustained injuries; they were both transported to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect fled the scene but was later detained by police.

There are no additional details at this time.