Brandishing a long knife described as a “machete” by the victims, a man attacked a couple walking their dogs on Main Street in Crocker Park.
Police received 911 calls regarding the incident at approximately 9:15 p.m. Aug. 25.
The male victim told police the suspect used the knife to cut the dog’s leash and steal the animal. He also said the suspect tried to provoke him into a physical altercation.
Eventually, the suspect let the dog go, but he yelled at other patrons of the upscale shopping center. Witnesses reported they thought the man was “on something.”
Officers found the suspect walking on Crocker Park Boulevard. They tried to calm the man, who they said was ranting about his children and shootings in Cleveland. They talked him into dropping the large knife and a smaller weapon, then followed as he briefly walked away from officers, who said he resisted as they tried to place him in handcuffs.
Neither the suspect nor the officers involved were injured.
Police reported a machete-size knife and a 3-inch folding knife were recovered from the suspect, identified as Julius Bello, 30, of North Olmsted.
Paramedics examined the man before police booked him into the Westlake city jail. Bello is charged with felony aggravated robbery. Rocky River Municipal Court set his bond at $100,000. He was moved from Westlake to the Cuyahoga County Jail and was still in jail at presstime.
No injuries to the victims or their dog were reported.