CLEVLEAND, Ohio— The great-grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is charged in connection with an attempted break-in at a gun store in Valley View last June, prosecutors said.
The 14-year-old boy was charged Thursday in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court with breaking and entering and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Jackson spokeswoman Latoya Hunter Hayes said she would pass the message along and would decide later whether or not to comment.
The teen was one of two people that on June 3, 2020, tried to break into the Cleveland Armory gun store in Valley View, according to police and prosecutors.
The duo went to the store, and one of the teens in the group smashed a front window with a hammer, according to Valley View police. Jackson’s great-grandson dropped his phone during the incident.
The store’s alarms went off and the group fled in a Kia Soul without stealing anything, according to police.
Video showed the group drove a Kia Soul to and from the store, police said.
Investigators have not said if a Kia Soul chased six days later by Cuyahoga Heights police on Interstate 77 is the same SUV used in the attempted break-in. Officers who were looking for the SUV spotted one speeding on the highway June 9, according to police.
During the chase, an 16-year-old boy accidentally fatally shot the driver, who crashed the SUV in Cleveland. The two others inside the Soul took off running, and the teen who police believe fired the fatal shot was arrested about five weeks later.
The 14-year-old is the brother of Jackson’s great-grandson who made headlines in 2019 and remains in the juvenile detention center on accusations that he and a friend shot at undercover Cleveland police officers. The same brother is also charged in connection with his suspected involvement in the No-Limit 700 gang, a case launched by investigators after a photo surfaced of a suspected gang member posing in the mayor’s driveway with a fistful of cash and a gun tucked in his waistband. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his cases remains pending in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
The teens’ uncle, the mayor’s grandson Frank Q. Jackson, also faces domestic violence charges from an incident in December and charges related to a Jan. 24 incident in which he is accused of fleeing from Parma police. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case is pending.
Frank Q. Jackson is on probation stemming from a 2020 conviction for domestic violence in which he was accused of hitting a woman with a truck’s trailer hitch.