Cleveland, OH – One of two suspects seen pointing guns at a Cleveland police officer in a viral video posted to social media was arrested late last week after a vehicle pursuit, according to police.
The video, which was dated April 6, showed two suspects pointing loaded 9mm handguns at a Cleveland police officer who was sitting in his marked patrol unit, WJW reported.
The suspects laughed and waved the guns around from behind what appeared to be tinted glass, WJW reported.
The officer seemed to be unaware of the potential threat.
“This could’ve gone extremely bad because if that officer would’ve looked to the right and saw a gun being pointed at him, they’d have every right to draw their service weapon and fire and they’d have every right, and then what would we hear… ‘Why did they do that?’” Cleveland Public Safety Committee Chair Mike Polensek told WJW.
“Come on, when you’re that emboldened, when you think you can point a gun at a police officer and just laugh about it like it’s a joke, you’re playing with your own life,” Polensek added. “They think they can do whatever they want. They’re not afraid.”
Investigators later identified one of the suspects as 23-year-old Anthony Bonner, WOIO reported.
Police spotted Bonner’s vehicle in Euclid on April 22 and attempted to pull him over, but he refused to stop, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Sergeant Ray Santiago told the news outlet.
A highway patrol helicopter and units on the ground pursued the suspect as he barreled through red lights and sped off into the Kinsman neighborhood, WOIO reported.
When he reached the 6900-block of Colfax Road, Bonner jumped out of the car carrying a bag and ran into a nearby house, video footage showed.
A SWAT team responded to the scene and the suspect surrendered a short while later, WOIO reported.
Bonner was out on bond in connection with a murder charge at the time of the chase, according to WJW.
He was arrested on multiple additional charges, including tampering with evidence, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, and aggravated burglary.
Bonner made his initial appearance in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday morning, where a judge set his bond at $100,000, WOIO reported.
He was being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail.