Warrant issued for man who allegedly used Uber as getaway car to Nebraska after Missouri shooting

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 8:11 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of taking off from a shooting scene in Missouri and fleeing to Omaha on Christmas Eve.

Investigators say a three-year-old in Independence, Missouri -- a suburb of Kansas City -- was handling a gun Christmas Eve when it fired, killing him.

At first, local police said those at the house told officers a bullet from a drive-by shooting hit the child. It didn’t take long for investigators to rule that out.

Officers learned later a man who had been in the home fled in a car after the shooting, crashing it a few minutes later - four miles from the shooting scene.

That’s when Nebraska law enforcement says Ashton Cleveland got an Uber to bring him to Omaha to meet someone - a three-hour trip.

The 23-year-old ended up a county jail in Omaha around 11:30pm Christmas Eve. Douglas County Sheriff deputies nabbed him as he allegedly tried to steal a pickup in the northwest part of the town. According to court documents, Cleveland said he didn’t intend to steal the truck, and just wanted somewhere that was warm. Deputies noted that the truck had not been running, and that he had broken out the back windows to it.

Neighbors in Independence, Missouri, are frustrated something didn’t happen sooner. After all, local police were called to the house 26 times in the last 13 months.

“Oh, I’m extremely mad. I mean, I call, like I said, I call the cops all the time. I mean, what else, am I going to have to come up with a petition or what?” said one neighbor.

“[Ashton Cleveland] is wanted out of Missouri,” said one of the prosecutors to a judge Monday.

“He’s listed as armed and dangerous,” said a Douglas County Deputy County Attorney.

Meanwhile, Cleveland remains in the Douglas County jail on a $150,000 bond awaiting extradition to Missouri.

Douglas County Sheriff investigators say Ashton Cleveland implicated himself in the Missouri shooting of the toddler and another shooting that hasn’t been identified.

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