CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced the filing of Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Attempted Aggravated Burglary, and Having Weapons While Under Disability charges against 17-year-old
Ismael Irizarry for the murder of 51-year-old Daniel Higgins.
17, 2007, Ismael Irizarry, then 16, and Gabriel Feliciano, 17, attempted
to burglarize Daniel Higgin’s house located at 5815 Lawn Avenue,
Cleveland. When they attempted to enter through door, Higgins looked out
the window. Irizarry fired a shot through the window, striking Higgins
in the eye and killing him.
Irizarry has two pending cases in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Irizarry burglarized a house located at 3497 W. 58th Street on April 29,
2007 and then again on August 23, 2007. Feliciano was present during the
April burglary. Feliciano’s finger-print was found at the scene which
led to his arrest. Feliciano gave a recorded statement to detectives in
early May 2007. That statement implicated both him and Irizarry in the
April burglary. On or about September 5, 2007, the statement was played
for the defense attorney of Irizarry. Approximately two weeks later,
Feliciano was found dead.
On or about September 23, 2007, while on bond from Juvenile Court for
the burglary he and Feliciano committed on April 29, 2007, Irizarry
lured Feliciano into a secluded area in Brookside Park near Ridge Road
in Cleveland. Irizarry shot Feliciano in the head and disposed of the
body by dragging it in a drain pipe in Brookside Park. The body was
found on October 3, 2007.
Irizarry was first tried for the murder of Feliciano and then tried for
the burglaries. On September 30, 2008, a jury found Irizarry guilty of
one (1) count of Aggravated Murder with gun specifications for the
murder of Gabriel Feliciano. On October 22, 2008, a jury found Irizarry
guilty of one (1) count of Theft, one (1) count of Theft of Motor
Vehicle, and two (2) counts of Burglary for the two burglaries at 3497
West 58th Street on April 29, 2007 and August 23, 2007.