NORTH OLMSTED

Two suspects were arrested Monday, four days after an off-duty North Olmsted police officer was run down by an SUV in the Great Northern Mall parking lot.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Lakewood man and a 30-year-old Hinckley woman shortly before 10 a.m. at a home on West 126th Street in Cleveland. Neither offered any resistance.

They were being held in the North Olmsted City Jail until they could be formally charged in Rocky River Municipal Court.

Patrolman Bob Briesath, a 30-year veteran of the department, was treated at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland for a concussion, bumps and bruises after a Kia Sportage hit him as he tried to stop it from leaving the Dillard’s lot at 7:41 p.m. Thursday. Briesath was working security at Dillard’s when a shoplifting suspect left the store, prompting Briesath to follow her. She got into the SUV the man was driving before Briesath could stop her, police said.

Briesath has not been working since the incident, but he is expected to return to work this week, said North Olmsted Police Lt. Dave Huspaska.

Police received a tip that the suspects were at the house, Huspaska said. They found the SUV parked by the home, he said.

The man is also suspected in a shoplifting Saturday at Kohl’s in Parma. Police followed him after he drove away, but they broke off the pursuit so they did not endanger other motorists or pedestrians, they said. The two people arrested Monday are suspects in other area thefts as well, police said.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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