CLEVELAND – Cleveland police are investigating reports of a fake television news crew which reportedly assaulted residents with a stun gun.
Officers were called out to the 8800 block of Detroit Ave. around 2 p.m. after a victim reported that six men with a digital camera approached him claiming to be with a local television station and wanted to interview him.
The 34-year-old man kept walking and that’s when he said the “news crew” jumped him and zapped him on the neck with a stun gun.
The suspects then fled the scene.
The victim told police he is a resident of a group home and a similar incident was reported earlier in the week in the same area.
Around 4:13 p.m., the fake news crew struck again on the city’s west side, authorities said.
According to a Cleveland police report, officers got a phone call from the owner of Dairy Mart on Detroit Avenue and W. 89th Street for a group of men using a stun gun on people and videotaping the incidents.
Officers arrived and saw three men crossing Detroit Avenue at W. 80th Street. Two of the men matched the suspect descriptions. The trio were walking towards a bus stop where officers approached and detained them.
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