Collinwood mourns loss of Salvation Army worker

Cleveland Police

(Cleveland) - The suspect in the murder of a Salvation Army employee is expected to face a Cuyahoga County judge this week.  

William Jones is charged with aggravated murder, grand theft auto and fleeing and eluding.  Cleveland Police say Jones gunned down 21-year-old Jared Plesec during a carjacking this past weekend on East 156th Street.  

The 27 year old Jones is accused of committing several carjackings before being arrested in Lakewood. His bond is set at $5 million.

Monday night, Cleveland City Council voted to name a portion of Grovewood Avenue, between East 176th and East 177th streets as Jared Plesec Way. 

This section of the street is in front of the Salvation Army office where Plesec worked in the city's Collinwood neighborhood.

Councilman Michael Polensek, Ward 8, mourning the senseless killing on Saturday,  and told Newsradio WTAM 1100 today that he and the Collinwood neighborhood are demanding maximum punishment for Jared’s alleged killer.

Below is Councilman Polensek’s statement:

“On Saturday morning, December 2, our community lost a heroic and loving young man, Jared Plesec, in a horrific act of senseless violence”. 

“We pray for Jared and his family, as well as his extended family at the Salvation Army Temple Corp on Grovewood Avenue.  Jared, wearing his Salvation Army uniform, was shot point-blank while clutching a Bible."

“In my opinion, Jared is a martyr, He will not be forgotten by our community." 

"I ask all Cleveland residents to pray for Jared and his family. And as a community, we demand justice for this horrible crime."

“The ‘human garbage’ who killed Jared and nearly took the lives of others as he carjacked unsuspecting motorists from Collinwood to Lakewood, must be held accountable for this carnage and cruelty."

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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