June 28, 2016

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Cleveland robbery suspect remains at large following pursuit

A suspect wanted in an aggravated robbery gives a thumbs up as he see the camera flashing in the distance while he’s being pursued by police in Lorain County. The vehicle was traveling about 15 mph at this point. (BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE)

A robbery suspect possibly armed with a handgun remained at large Friday night after authorities searched Lorain County for several hours following a pursuit from Cleveland, police said.

The car chase began in the area of Cleveland’s West 32nd Street and Lorain Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and turned into a pursuit on foot when the suspect’s car, a burgundy four-door Honda, crashed into a mailbox in the 36000 block of state Route 57, Cleveland police said.

Police said the suspect is Angel David Santana Maisonet, 44, who is wanted in an aggravated robbery and is a suspect in several other aggravated robberies. He had been seen in the area earlier in the day and broadcasts to check the area for the suspect or vehicle were repeated throughout the day prior to the chase.

Officers located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop it in Cleveland, but the driver refused to stop, according to police. Stop sticks were used by the North Ridgeville Police Department and the Ohio Highway Patrol and were effective in deflating all of the tires on the vehicle, but Maisonet continued to drive at a low rate of speed.

After crashing into the mailbox on Route 57 near state Route 83 in Grafton Township, Maisonet ran into a wooded area on foot, losing a shoe when he bailed from the vehicle, police said.

The area in which the suspect last was seen was searched extensively by officers and canines from multiple agencies, but he was not located, according to a news release from Cleveland police.

Approximately two dozen police cars were involved in the chase and subsequent hunt for the suspect. Law enforcement departments involved included Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Grafton police and patrol.

Maisonet last was seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Contact reporter Chelsea Miller at (440) 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com . Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.