Cleveland police say east side murders, attack cases not connected; all occurred in 3-mile radius

CLEVELAND - Cleveland police said the murders of two women and a thwarted attack within close proximity on the city's east side are not connected.

Chief Michael McGrath announced during a news conference Thursday that the Fourth District homicides and kidnapping were not committed by the same people.

The city asked the FBI to assist in the investigation, since all crimes happened within a week in a 3-mile radius. Now, each case is being treated as a separate investigation with separate suspects.

McGrath said two people are being questioned about the attack of 20-year-old Raven Freeman, which happened March 30 on East 116th Street near Harvey Avenue while she was waiting for the bus to take to work.

Cleveland police arrested Jerome Ogletree in connection with the death of Jazmine Trotter. The 20-year-old was found behind an abandoned house on East 93rd Street on March 24. However, no charges have been filed against Ogletree.

There's been no arrest made in the death of 45-year-old Christine Malone yet. Malone was found in a field near East 93rd on Bessemer just days after Trotter was discovered.

Autopsy reports show both women died in similar ways, but police are still maintaining the cases are not connected.

NewsChannel5's Michael Baldwin is following this story and will have reports at 5 and 6. Keep checking newsnet5.com for more information.

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