CLEVELAND HTS., Ohio - Five people are in custody in connection to the murder of popular Cleveland Heights restaurant owner Jim Brennan.
Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said charges will likely come Thursday or Friday. "We're very confident that we have the people that we have the people that were inside that restaurant," he said.
The youngest of the five is between 20 to 23 years old. All are from Cleveland. The first suspect was brought in Monday hours after the shooting with the fifth brought in Wednesday.
"These cowards--I'll call them cowards because that's what they are--are individuals who preyed upon an innocent business owner, a district in this city that's a special district in this city as they all are one that thousands of people have been to in their lives and thousands of people knew Jim Brennan and as you can see by the investigation we're going to do it to the fullest and bring everybody to justice," Chief Robertson said.
Jim Brennan, 61, died at the hospital shortly after he was shot during an attempted robbery at Brennan's Colony Monday. The shooting came just after Cleveland Heights officers had come from a dedication ceremony renaming a portion of Cedar Road in honor of fallen Police Officer Jason West who was killed in the line of duty in 2007.
"J.B. was a person who reached out, he knew Jason," said Robertson of Brennan who was out front in his support of the memorial for the officer. "We come back from that service after we dedicate that street and to have this happen shortly thereafter, it hit the city hard," he said.
(RAW: Audio version of press conference with police chief)
Residents, employees and patrons of the busy Cedar Lee business district have responded with shock at the daytime homicide of the well-liked local businessman. Hundreds gathered for a vigil for the man Tuesday night.
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