Police find AK-47, other guns, while shuttering party at Cleveland Airbnb

By Adam Ferrise - cleveland.com (TNS)

CLEVELAND, Ohio— Cleveland police found seven guns, including an assault rifle, inside an Airbnb rental during a party that drew more than 50 people.

The officers broke up the party, citing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order that limits gatherings to 10 or less people to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Formal charges have not been filed in the case. A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of illegal gun possession. Five others were listed as possible suspects in connection with the guns.

Thirty-three were identified as suspects in violating the governor’s orders, according to police reports. About 20 other partygoers left before police identified them, police reports say.

Officers about 10 p.m. went to the building on Lorain Avenue between West 44th Street and Randall Avenue after the building owner and neighbors complained about the party.

Partygoers ran inside. Officer got into the building about 50 minutes later after the building owner arrived, police reports say.

Police reported smelling marijuana and hearing partygoers arguing— some said they wanted to leave while others shouted to keep the door shut and the police out, according to police reports.

The owner let the officers inside, and about 20 partygoers streamed out of the backdoor before the officers could stop them. A man was found passed out inside the apartment. An ambulance took him to MetroHealth for treatment.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on an unrelated aggravated burglary warrant.

Officers searched the building and found a woman on top of a bag of guns in the bathtub, according to police reports.

Four guns, including the AK-47, were inside the bag, along with 86 bullets. Three loaded guns were found in two different trash cans. Two were reported stolen — one from Cleveland one from Pikeville, Kentucky.

The 19-year-old man admitted to possessing some of the guns, police reports say. Investigators also noted that posts on social media showed the man holding the AK-47.

An Airbnb spokesman said the person who rented the building was banned from using the company’s services.

Police in Cuyahoga County have broken up several large parties, including one at an Airbnb rental in Cleveland, since DeWine’s March 22 stay-at-home order.


By Adam Ferrise

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