Cleveland Heights Police arrest man after "Life Alert" alarm alerts them of burglary

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - A local Cleveland man will be spending the near future behind bars after a "Life Alert" alarm foiled his attempt to burglarize a home.

Deonte Phillips, 23, of East Cleveland was arrested by the Cleveland Heights Police Department and charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping Friday night after attacking a woman in her home in search of money.

According to police, a woman who owns a home in the 2500 block of S. Taylor Road took her dog out for an evening walk. When she returned, she noticed a suspicious bicycle parked by the back door. Upon entering the home, the woman was confronted by Phillips who demanded money.

When the woman attempted to retreat, Phillips grabbed her and placed her in a choke hold while continuing to demand for money.

During the altercation, the woman's mother who also lives in the home activated her "Life Alert" alarm causing Phillips to flee the scene on his bicycle.

Phillips was later stopped by the Shaker Police Department after fitting the suspect description. He and his bicycle were identified by the victim.

Phillips is currently under a $75,000 bond at the Cleveland Heights Jail.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department is continuing to investigate. 

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