Police probe violent crimes in city
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Police are investigating several violent crimes from the weekend, including the abduction of an East Side man in relation to an purported drug debt.
Police were called to St. Elizabeth Health Center on Sunday where they found the 25-year-old kidnapping victim receiving treatment. The man told police he had been snatched from an East Street three days before and held against his will.
According to police reports, the man went to Samuel Avenue on the South Side to visit friends and was standing outside talking when a Ford Expedition pulled alongside him. The two men and one woman inside the truck demanded money. One of the men pointed a gun at him and made him get in, he told police.
The victim said he was blindfolded once inside the vehicle and driven to an unidentified location, where his hands where fastened with duct tape and he was beaten.
The man said the abductors were demanding the $3,600 his friend owes for buying heroin from them.
The abductors left the victim alone Sunday allowing him to escape from the house. He flagged down a passing motorist who took him to St. Elizabeth’s for treatment.
Police also are investigating the attempted robbery of restaurant workers at a Lincoln Avenue pizzeria on the North Side early Saturday.
According to police reports, three women and one man left the pizzeria about midnight when a man in a camouflage shirt walked up to the male employee and demanded his money. The would-be robber then pointed a gun at the man and again demanded his money.
The victim told police he pushed the armed man and started running. The armed thief elbowed one of the women and fled in a different direction.
No one was injured, and no property was taken in the altercation.
In an unrelated matter, a 29-year-old Poland man was beaten by a mob of people and had part of his ear bitten off during an altercation at an East Midlothian Avenue bar.
The man told police he was at the Brick House bar on the South Side when a man caused him to spill his drink. He said nothing happened at the time the drink was spilled, but he saw the same man fighting outside the bar later that night and attempted to intervene when he was jumped and beaten by about 20 people.
Police observed part of the man’s ear missing and a swollen eye. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s for treatment.
A Boardman man told police he also was injured in an altercation after leaving a Market Street bar Saturday.
The victim said he got into a verbal altercation with another man, and the man’s friends attacked him. One of the men struck him with a truck and dragged him about 20 feet, the victim said. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s for treatment but told police he was too intoxicated to provide any real descriptions of his attackers.