Cleveland woman sentenced to 4 years in Tremont, Old Brooklyn robberies

December 27, 2017

Cleveland woman sentenced to 4 years in Tremont, Old Brooklyn robberies

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland woman who stole a car and used it to rob and drag two people on the same day — including a veteran who suffered a broken hip — will serve prison time.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Stuart Friedman on Wednesday sentenced 54-year-old Sheila Gonzales to four years at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, court records say.

She pleaded guilty Nov. 30 to charges of robbery, felonious assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle for the robberies that happened Sept. 15 in the city’s Tremont and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The crime spree began about 4 a.m. when a 31-year-old man pulled his 2001 Buick LeSabre into a parking lot and left it running as he got out to urinate, according to a Cleveland police report.

The man said he heard his car door open and turned around to find a woman hopping into the front seat and driving off, the report says.

Gonzales used that Buick to rob two people later that day.

She first drove to the Walgreens on State Road at about 2 p.m. and asked a woman in the lot for directions, police said. Gonzales grabbed the woman’s Louis Vuitton purse and accelerated. The woman was dragged about 30 feet before Gonzales let go of the purse and drove off, police said.

Gonzales later pulled up alongside a 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran in the Target parking lot at Steelyard Commons. She took the man’s wallet and dragged him several feet, causing him to suffer a broken hip, police said.

Officers found and arrested Gonzales two days later in the stolen car at West 29th Street and Ralph Avenue.

A grand jury handed up a 12-count indictment against her on Sept. 25

Gonzales was convicted on a drug offense in 2002, but has no other history of felonies in Cuyahoga County, records show.

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