Four accused of shooting at Toledo officer in court

Martin Cheno

Four suspects charged in connection with the attempted shooting of a Toledo Police officer and his cruiser are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Martin Cheno, 20, and Jorge Rojas, 19, were part of a five-person group accused of shooting at Toledo Police Officer George Shaughnessy's police cruiser in the early morning hours of July 19 in South Toledo.

Officer Shaughnessy attempted to stop the suspects' vehicle near Brownstone and Cresthaven around 3:00 a.m. when at least eleven shots were fired at the officer while he was inside his police cruiser. He suffered a minor wound in the back of his head, presumably from shattered glass, according to Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Juveniles, Chadd Rabara, 17, and Raul Moya, 16, were also inside the vehicle when shots were fired. Authorities believe Rabara was the shooter.

All four males have been charged with attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. Cheno and Rojas will be in Toledo Municipal Court Thursday. They are each being held at the Lucas County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Rabara and Moya will be in Lucas County Juvenile Court where prosecutors are expected to file a motion to have them tried as adults.

A fifth suspect, Bridget Oyerbides, has been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the case. Police say she is the girlfriend of one of the other suspects, and was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident. She is currently being held at the Lucas County Jail and will next appear in court in early August.