On Monday July 16, 2018 at approximately 5:00 AM, Mentor Police Officers responded to a break-in in progress at Silverado Firearms located at Center St. Upon arrival, officers observed a male running from the front of the store south toward the alley that leads to the rear of the building. At the same time a vehicle came from behind the building. This vehicle refused to stop for the officers and drove directly at them. Two of the officers on scene fired a total of four rounds at the vehicle as it was heading towards them. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A passenger moved into the driver’s seat and drove northbound in the lot exiting and going north on Center St.
Officers pursued this vehicle as it entered SR-2 east bound. This vehicle traveled a short distance and went off the right side of the road, down the embankment and through the right of way fence coming to rest in the parking lot of a business on Tyler Blvd. One of the occupants of the car then stole a vehicle from a medical facility across the street from where the car came to rest.
A description of this car was broadcast and was located by the Willowick and Wickliffe Police Departments who engaged in a pursuit into the North Ridgeville area. The Ohio State Patrol them took up the pursuit where it terminated in Columbia Station where it was involved in a head on accident with a civilian vehicle. The driver of this suspect vehicle was transported to Cleveland Metro Health.
The driver who fled the original scene on foot returned to the scene and turned himself in. He is a 15-year-old male from the Cleveland area. Mentor officers checking the area for other suspects located an adult male walking in the area of Tyler Blvd. and Hopkins Rd. It was determined that this male was involved in the break-in and it was discovered he had a non-incapacitating injury to the side of his head. This male was transported to Hillcrest Hospital.
A fourth male is being sought and a taken from a video from a nearby fast food restaurant.
This incident is currently under investigation by the Mentor Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Crime Lab. Any in-car video will not be available until Tuesday July 17, 2018.
At this time, it has not been determined if anything is missing from Silverado Firearms.
No Mentor Police Officers were injured during this incident.
UPDATE – July 17, 2018 4:52 PM
The two adult suspects involved in the attempted robbery of Silverado Arms early yesterday morning will be arraigned in Mentor Municipal Court tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The time of the arraignment will be announced in the morning once it is scheduled by the Courts. The suspect’s names will be released at that time.
The fourth suspect, a juvenile male, turned himself in this afternoon accompanied by his family.
UPDATE – July 18, 2018 12:44 PM
Two of the suspects involved in the break-in of the Silverado Arms Gun Shop in Mentor, Ohio were arraigned at noon today in front of Visiting Judge Larry Allen at Mentor Municipal Court.
Keith Lorenzo Ford, 21, of Cleveland was charged with felony counts of Breaking and Entering, Felonious Assault, and Fleeing/Compliance with Lawful Order. Bond was set at $850,000.
James Jayrome Ogletree, 22, of Cleveland was charged with felony counts of Breaking and Entering, Theft of a Firearm, Fleeing/Compliance with Lawful Order, and Robbery. Ogletree has an active warrant from the Cleveland Police Department for Aggravated Murder. Bond was set at $1.1 million.
Pleas were not entered. Date of a preliminary hearing is pending.