Chief Robertson said that police are confident they have Brennan's shooter behind bars, but they are also considering other potential suspects.


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- Three days after prominent Cleveland Heights restaurateur Jim Brennan died, Cleveland Heights Police are still waiting to file charges for his murder.

Chief Jeffrey Robertson says five suspects are in police custody. The suspects will be identified after they are charged, Robertson says. The group includes men and women, ages 20 to 23. All suspects are from the city of Cleveland.

Robertson said Wednesday that police are confident they have Brennan's shooter behind bars, but they are also considering other potential suspects.

"As it goes and unfolds, we're bringing more people into the fold. Five at this time," he said. "We're going to do it to the fullest and bring everybody to justice."

Robertson said the first arrests were made Monday evening, and police have 72 hours to charge each suspect from the time of his or her arrest. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is working alongside CHPD.

Robertson said police have executed at least three search warrants at different locations related to the case.

He's also considering if the crime was gang related. "It's a possibility, yes."

On Thursday, friends and family gathered at Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home in Lyndhurst for Brennan's wake. A funeral Mass is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. at Gesu Church with a burial at All Souls Cemetery to follow.

Friends of employees at the Colony, the restaurant where Brennan was shot and killed, put together an online fund to benefit workers while the pub remains closed.

In just 24 hours, the GoFundMe page had collected more than $35,000 in donations from more than 600 people.

"If you ever question if you are living and raising a family in the right community, just think about that. If you ever question whether or not your neighbors share the same values of love and generosity, just think about that," said Aran Keenan, the manager of the Colony, in a statement.

"We, at the Colony, would love to thank everyone that has contributed to and supported this cause. We want to thank all of the friends and strangers for their hugs and kind words, as well as thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes. In our deepest of hearts, we know that our true thanks will come when we are able to reopen the doors to Brennan's Colony and invite everyone back to celebrate better times, to celebrate the legacy of Jim Brennan, a man who was able to go beyond the walls of his restaurant and the borders of his community to create a family. JB, you will be missed dearly in a way words cannot begin to describe. We are a Colony!"

Another group has sold more than 270 t-shirts branded with a "We Are a Colony" message. The proceeds benefit Cedar Lee Merchants Association in Brennan's honor.

Cleveland Heights Police are working with the DEA, the FBI, CMHA, Cleveland Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

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