On Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, at 10:13 pm, the Cleveland Police Department was called to investigate an Aggravated Sexual Assault that occurred in the 200 block of Harding Avenue.
Upon arrival, Cleveland Police Department Officers met with an eighty-three-year-old female victim who advised officers a neighbor had sexually assaulted her.
Officers learned a 64-year-old male neighbor had arrived at the residence earlier this same date. The neighbor wanted to borrow sugar for his mother, whom he lived with. The victim shut the door and went to retrieve the sugar. The suspect opened the door and entered the residence. Upon doing so, the victim advised the suspect to leave. The suspect disregarded the victim, and a physical altercation occurred in which the victim was sexually assaulted. When the suspect left the residence, the victim contacted her daughter, who in turn contacted the Cleveland Police Department.
Officers processed the residence for evidence, and the victim was transported to an emergency room to obtain a S.A.N.E. Exam (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner).
Detective Kevin Cooke assisted with the investigation by gathering further evidence and interviewing all parties involved.
On Friday, June 3rd, Detective Kevin Cooke obtained a warrant of arrest for John Warden, age 64, of Cleveland.
On Saturday, June 4th, Cleveland Police Officers located John Warden; he was taken into custody for Aggravated Sexual Assault which is a first-degree felony. Warden was transported to the Liberty County Jail, at which a two hundred thousand dollar bond was set.
These types of crimes are horrific; this suspect preyed upon one of our most vulnerable citizens. Our hearts go out to the victim and her family. However, between the responding officers and Detective Cooke, they sowed up a solid case against this criminal, which I pray puts him away for the rest of his life!