Cleveland priest robbed at gunpoint in Little Italy

Chez Phillips is wanted for an armed robbery in Cleveland, Ohio.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who police say robbed a priest at gunpoint.

Johnchez ‘Chez’ Phillips, 20, is wanted for an armed robbery, which took place on December 5. It is alleged that Phillips, and two other individuals, robbed a priest at gunpoint as the priest walked to his car.

During the robbery, the priest was assaulted by one of the suspects. A second victim, who tried to aid the priest, was also robbed at gunpoint. The robbery took place in the Little Italy area of Cleveland.

Phillips is believed to be hiding in the east side of Cleveland. Police describe him as a black male, 6 foot tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. Phillips should be considered armed and dangerous.

“It takes a pretty despicable person to rob a priest, especially one wearing his clerical clothing. Due to the nature of this crime, Phillips has moved to the top of our priority list when it comes to fugitive work,” said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword “WANTED” and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the U.S. Marshals web page. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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