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Cleveland Police step up 4th District crime fight

Cleveland Police step up 4th District crime fight

(Cleveland) - Police are stepping up their investigation into an outbreak of violent crimes in the city's 4th District.

Two women have been murdered and another attacked, and Mayor Frank Jackson says these types of violent crimes are being taken very seriously. He's asking that residents step forward and provide any information they might have, and is promising to roll out a detailed safety plan as warm weather approaches, and traditionally violent incidents increase.

Safety Director Martin Flask, Mayor Frank Jackson, Police Chief Michael McGrath, and Commander Gary Gengell.

Jazmine Trotter was found beaten and strangled in an abandoned home on East 93rd Street. McGrath says, 42 year old Jerome Ogltree has been arrested but they need additional information and fear there may be another suspect involved in the 20 year olds murder.

Detectives are looking for suspects in the killing of 45 year old Christine Malone, who was found in a field on Bessemer near East 93rd Street.

So far there have been no arrests in the attack on Raven Freeman. The 20 year old survived an assault on East 116th Street near Harvey Avenue. However, two people are being questioned in that case.

McGrath says tips can be given regarding these and other crimes anonymously.

Police Commander Gary Gengell says a group of 50 officers is now at work in the 4th District, going door-to-door in an effort to solve these crimes.

The Violent Response Task Force consists of FBI agents, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, the Adult Parole Authority, and Cleveland Police.

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