Cleveland’s Serial Carjacker Caught and Charged

By   December 18, 2017

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26-year-old Deshawn D. Tye was charged with aggravated robbery, attempted murder, and felonious assault after he carjacked three different drivers and aiming a gun at police responders last week. The incident led to a police car chase and several shots fired at Tye in pursuit near Kinsman Road and Grand Avenue.


Carjacker Caught at Pennsylvania Hospital After Being Shot


The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and Cleveland Heights police departments were the responders chasing and firing at Tye, and they eventually arrested him several hours later in Erie, Pennsylvania after he was apprehended at a local hospital there to be treated for a gunshot wound to the leg as a result of the police fire.


Tye was being held at the Erie County jail and was waiting to be extradited back to Cleveland. According to the arrest warrants filed, the three carjackings occurred near a gas pump at Euclid Avenue and East 55th Street. Tye was armed with a handgun, threatening the carjacking victims, and ultimately pointing the gun at three Cleveland Heights police officers and a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority officer.


Investigation Ongoing, Few Details Released


Whether it was Tye that opened fire or the police officers who fired shots first is still under investigation. But Cleveland police haven’t yet released details about the carjackings, including the names of the victims.


No officers, victims, or bystanders were harmed during the altercations and chase. Tye was the only one sustaining an injury, and has since been treated for the gunshot wound to his leg.


Carjacker Had Extensive Criminal History, Including Violent Crimes


This is not Tye’s first criminal offence. In August, authorities filed a warrant for his arrest after he left a courtroom in session and never returned, while he was on trial for charges of breaking and entering, carrying concealed weapons, and having weapons while on disability.


There was also a previous indictment for attempted murder, several gun-related crimes, and felonious assault on October 2nd of this year. But Tye’s criminal activity goes back as far as 2008. In that time, he’s pleaded guilty to charges of failure to comply with a police order, robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and trafficking. There may be more past criminal charges on file, as well.


Large Bond Set for Attempted Murder Charges


Tye was arraigned in court and received a bond of $200,000, given his violent criminal history and current threat to the public and police officers.


There may be a second suspect linked to the carjacking spree; a 22-year-old Arneisha Holmes. Holmes was recently arrested and charged with one count of aiding consumption of a crime, one count of hindering apprehension, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of possession of controlled substance, and one count of false reports to law enforcement, bring the charges up to five total counts. She received a $20,000 bond and was also arraigned in court.


Holmes’ involvement in the carjacking spree is also still being investigated, and Cleveland police aren’t released much more information while the investigation is still pending.