VIDEO: Armed Robber Captured After Shooting UPS Driver
Cleveland, OH – A robbery suspect accused of shooting a UPS driver in the head during a PCP-fueled attack on Oct. 1 has pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges against him (video below).
The incident occurred in the 4800-block of Scoville Avenue at approximately 5 p.m. as the 55-year-old UPS driver was out making deliveries, WOIO reported.
A suspect armed with a shotgun approached him and demanded money, so the unnamed driver handed over $5, according to WOIO.
But the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Joel Parker, ordered him to give him something more.
According to police, the driver locked himself inside his UPS truck, laid down on the floor, and called 911.
During the call, Parker fired his weapon into the back of the truck, hitting the driver in the right foot, right hand, and head.
“If you don’t give me more money, I’ll shoot again!” the gunman yelled, according to WOIO.
The frantic driver opened up the rear door of the truck and tossed Parker another $82, police said.
The suspect then fled the scene.
Bodycam footage showed the officers as they entered the UPS truck and began tending to the victim, who was bleeding profusely.
One officer cinched a tourniquet on the driver’s arm just before emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.
The victim was rushed to MetroHealth Hospital in serious condition, according to WOIO.
Cleveland police soon spotted Parker packing a shotgun into the stairwell of a nearby apartment complex, WOIO reported.
Bodycam footage showed the officers as they made their way up the stairwell with their duty weapons raised.
“Let me see your hands!” one officer suddenly commanded.
Officers quickly converged on the armed suspect and took him into custody.
They also located $82 in blood-soaked bills in his pocket, WOIO reported.
Parker later confessed that he was under the influence of PCP when the attacked the UPS driver, police said.
On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty to charges of having weapons under disability, vandalism, felonious assault, robbery, and aggravated robbery, WOIO reported.
Parker’s bond has been set at $250,000.
His pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 21.
Watch officers find the UPS driver and arrest the gunman in the video below: