Cleveland police: Man takes car with toddler inside, kills bicyclist

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Police said the suspect hit the bicyclist while trying to escape

Cleveland police say a man carjacked a vehicle with a 2-year-old in the backseat and then fatally struck a bicyclist while trying to escape police.

Fox 8

CLEVELAND (AP/Fox8) – Police say a man carjacked a vehicle with a 2-year-old in the backseat and then fatally struck a bicyclist while trying to escape police.

A Cleveland police spokeswoman says a 38-year-old man has been arrested. He’s been identified as Eric Maldonado, according to Fox 8.

The toddler who was secured in a car seat wasn’t injured.

Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia says the robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. Friday on Cleveland’s near west side. Ciaccia says the toddler’s mother asked a cousin to watch the car while she went inside a home. That’s when the suspect shoved the cousin to the ground and drove off.

Police spotted the car a short distance away and began a pursuit. The suspect struck the bicyclist, another vehicle and a tree and was arrested after a foot chase.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified by the medical examiner as 28-year-old Devaughn Payne, according to Fox 8.

Fox 8 reports that one office had an injury to his hand while taking Maldonado into custody. That officer hasn’t been identified.

Maldonado faces charges of robbery, kidnapping and aggravated vehicular homicide.

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