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Fugitive found in North Ridgeville attic

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    Police take a man into custody later identified as Daniel Klanac, 38, of North Ridgeville. Police said Klanac had fled a traffic stop earlier this month. He was found hiding in an attic above an apartment on Center Ridge Road June 20, 2019.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville Police evacuated residents from an apartment Thursday morning to search the attic for a man who escaped earlier this month.

Police Chief Michael Freeman said the officers came to the address where they believed Daniel Klanac would be, his apartment at 39225 Center Ridge Road to serve the 38-year-old North Ridgeville man with a warrant for eluding police.

North Ridgeville Police detective Lt. Kevin Jones said officers arrived at the apartment at 7:30 a.m. and knocked on the door with no answer. Officers stayed at the door when they knew someone was inside after seeing someone close the curtains, he said. Eventually, Klanac’s roommate let officers in and police discovered the suspect escaped through the attic in the ceiling.

After evacuating the apartment, officers followed through the above attic crawlspace, Jones said. 

One of the police officers legs came through the bathroom ceiling in one apartment and investigators found evidence that Klanac had partially fallen through the ceiling in another apartment.  Neither man appeared to be injured, police said.

Officers found Klanac hiding under the insulation in the crawlspace above another apartment a few doors down and detained him around 11 a.m.

Jones said Klanac first evaded police on June 10 at 2:45 p.m. along Ridgeview Road and Center Ridge Road. Officers tried to pull him over for a warrant through the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts for a parole violation. He drove away from the officer, parked at a residence on Rosebelle Avenue and ran away, leaving his car and escaping officers. Officers added charges of fleeing and eluding police, driving under suspension and reckless operation of a vehicle.

The car, Jones said, didn’t belong to Klanac and the real owner came to the police within a few days to report Klanac abused his permission to use his car, which added another charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. After 10 days of searching, officers found Klanac’s address on Center Ridge Road.

After his arrest, Jones said Klanac now faces another round of charges of burglary, criminal damage, inducing panic and obstructing official business.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton
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