By Jeff Gallatin
An alert officer’s good memory has led to a North Olmsted man being charged with the August robbery of the United Dairy Farmers on Lorain Road. The man is a suspect in several other incidents, and led police on a two-county chase Nov. 29.
Angel David Santana Maisonet, 44, is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail, where he was placed after he was arrested Nov. 30 in Grafton Township while hiding inside a camper. He had been spotted in Cleveland around West 32nd Street the night before. He fled and led what turned into about two dozen police cars from Cuyahoga and Lorain counties on a chase before his vehicle crashed near Routes 57 and 83 shortly after stop sticks on the roadway slowed his vehicle down. He then ran from the vehicle, and hid from officers and police dogs who searched for him for several hours before he was found.
Maisonet was wanted for robbery and several other charges in Cleveland. North Olmsted has added a robbery and kidnapping charge to the list. North Olmsted officers said he is the man responsible for an Aug. 11 robbery of the UDF at Lorain and Columbia roads about 7:25 a.m. They said he brandished a handgun at the female clerk, who was alone at the time, and told her, “Don’t make me kill you.” Police said he then forced the clerk into the business’s office and fled the store.
Responding North Olmsted officers checked the area after being alerted, but were unable to find a suspect. However, Detective Dan Barrett said they continued to check on potential leads for several weeks.
“Sgt. (Bob) Dungan deserves credit for following up on this information,” Barrett said. “He was taking a missing person description from a female and noted the similarities with our suspect and the Cleveland chase.”
North Olmsted officers then interviewed Maisonet in Cuyahoga County Jail, where he confessed to the UDF robbery, Barrett said.
“He apparently was pretty busy,” Barrett said.