Robert Sposit, 50
Cleveland man faces murder charge in Parma gas station owner's shooting death
By Evan MacDonald
PARMA, Ohio -- A Cleveland man faces an aggravated murder charge in the shooting death of a Parma gas station owner.
Logan Sinclair, 21, is accused of shooting and killing Robert Sposit during a robbery Saturday at Sunoco on Pearl Road.
Sinclair, who was struck by bullets during the shootout, underwent surgery at MetroHealth and remains hospitalized. His condition has improved but there is no timetable for his release from the hospital, police said Tuesday.
He will appear in Parma Municipal Court once he is released.
Sinclair tried to rob the gas station shortly after 7:30 p.m., police said. He got into a shootout with Sposit before driving away from the gas station.
Investigators found him hiding in a house on West 46th Street near Brookpark Road. A SWAT team surrounded the house and convinced him to surrender, police said.
Sposit, 50, of Parma, owned the gas station and was a father of three who friends described as hardworking, honest and respectful.
Friends who gathered Sunday for a memorial outside the gas station said Sposit owned the business for several years and was well known in the neighborhood. Others at the memorial said Sposit was a humble man who was always cracking jokes.
Saturday was the second time Sposit's gas station was robbed this year. The Sunoco was also the target of an incident in April when four masked men robbed the store at the gunpoint.
Police later arrested six suspects in connection with that robbery and several others in Greater Cleveland.