Cuyahoga County

Cleveland Man Pleads Guilty to Hitting Runner With His Vehicle Before Robbing Her; Sentenced to 10 to 15 Years in Prison

7/20/2021

 

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced that Marvin Fisher, 29, has pleaded guilty to hitting a woman, 41, with his vehicle and robbing her in Cleveland’s Flats West Bank neighborhood in December 2019.

“This was a targeted attack of a woman who was simply going for a morning run,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “He will spend the next decade in a prison cell thinking about the trauma he has caused this victim.”

On December 6, 2019, the victim went on a morning run along Franklin Avenue when Fisher intentionally struck her from behind with his vehicle. Fisher exited his car and approached the victim who was bleeding and suffering from multiple injuries. The victim, believing the incident to be accidental, handed him her cellphone and asked him to call 911. He threw her phone in the nearby brush and demanded money. When the victim stood up, Fisher stated he had a gun and threatened to kill her. He instructed her to take her shorts off and sit on the ground facing away from him. He then returned to his vehicle and drove towards her before she hopped a guardrail and ran into the woods to hide. Fisher exited his car briefly to look for her before driving away. A good Samaritan driving near the crime scene saw the victim and helped her before she was eventually taken to the hospital for treatment for numerous injuries. 

The Cleveland Division of Police responded to the crime scene and the Second District Detective’s Bureau opened an investigation. Video surveillance and other evidence linked Fisher to the crime. On December 7, 2019, officers located the vehicle at Fisher’s residence on Division Avenue near West 25th Street. He was arrested shortly after, following a brief foot pursuit.

He pleaded guilty to the following charges:

One count of Aggravated Robbery
One count of Felonious Assault

Fisher was sentenced today to a range of 10 to 15 years in prison. He was sentenced under “The Reagan Tokes Law,” which implements an indefinite sentencing system for non-life felonies of the first and second degree in which the judge imposes both a minimum term (from the current sentencing range) and a maximum term (that includes an additional 50% of the minimum term imposed). The Ohio Department of Corrections will review the case and Fisher’s behavior after he has served 10 years and will make a determination as to whether he should be released.