On Monday, October 10, 2021, around 11:50 p.m. the Cleveland Police Dispatch received a call in reference to an armed robbery at the local Gulf station located at 102 S. Washington Ave.. According to the on-duty store clerk the robber was armed with a knife.
When the officers arrived they learned that the robber had fled in a small white car. The clerk said, the robber had entered the store and walked over near the ATM Machine. The clerk became suspicious because the person was just standing there by the ATM. The clerk decided to walk closer and observe; when suddenly the robber turned and put a knife to his throat and said, “give me the money”. The clerk stated, “He was shoved behind the front cashier counter as the robber held the knife to his throat. The robber continued to demand money and threatened the clerk. The clerk opened the cash register and the robber grabbed a handful of money. The robber pushed the clerk down to the floor and fled out of the store. A small white car was seen driving from the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Officers checked the immediate area but were unable to locate the night of the robbery.
- P. D. Investigators working the case received information days later about a possible suspect and
was able to positively identify the robber. An arrest warrant was issued for the robber who was arrested in Harris Co. on unrelated charges. A further search by jail officials at the Harris Co. Jail revealed she was a wanted fugitive at the Cleveland Police Department for Robbery 1st-degree felony.
Officers from the Cleveland Police Department went and picked up the robber on Thursday, April 14, 2022, and transported her back to Cleveland P.D.. The robber has been identified as Lenora Smith- Agbonze, age: 54, originally of Cleveland, but currently living in Houston Tx..
Lenora Agbonze was taken before the City of Cleveland’s Municipal Court Judge Ralph Fuller, and her bail was set at $75,000. Chief Broussard stated, “it was great teamwork by all law enforcement agencies involved, and we appreciate those that shared information about a possible suspect. C.P.D. Detectives worked diligently on this case and brought successful closure for the victim in this case. Lenora remains in custody at this time; she is being held for charges: Robbery and State of Texas Pardons and Parole- “blue warrant”.