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For Immediate Release

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July 21, 2009 Criminal Investigator/Deputy U.S. Marshal
Brian W. Koerbel, (216) 276-1033
Former Fugitive of the Week Carlos Williams Apprehended in Crawl Space

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Cleveland, OH – At approximately 9:00 am this morning former Fugitive of the Week Carlos Williams was apprehended on Cleveland’s east side. Williams was profiled as the Fugitive of the Week this past April after he was named as a suspect in the armed robbery of the Rascal House Pizza shop in Euclid, Ohio. At the request of the Euclid Police Department, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force began an intense search for Williams throughout Cleveland’s east side. Williams was known to frequent the Collinwood area and more specifically the immediate area of E179th Street and Larchmont Avenue. The Task Force searched numerous residences and interviewed various family members and associates in search of Williams. Williams was able to evade police by bedding down in different residences and constantly moving on a nightly basis. The Task Force followed up on various tips that were called in as a result of Williams airing on Channel 3 News and his profile featured in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper. Last month Williams was listed as a main target during the U.S. Marshals Operation FALCON. During the month of June the Task Force continued the search gathering more intelligence and new possible residences were acquired. Early this morning a residence located on the 1400 block of Larchmont Avenue was targeted as the most recent hiding place of Williams. Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers set up surveillance on the residence and eventually gained entrance into the home. Williams was found hiding in the crawl space of an upstairs bedroom in his soiled underwear. Williams put forth no struggle and was arrested without incident.

Williams was wanted on numerous felony warrants by several different police departments to include the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, The Cleveland Division of Police, Euclid Police Department, and Cleveland Heights Police Department. His pending charges are for aggravated robbery, felonious assault, having weapons under disability, failure to appear, failure to comply, and narcotics related offenses.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Angel Gonzalez stated “Carlos Williams is exactly the type of person that this Task Force was established to protect against. He has no regard or respect for his community, family, and law enforcement. He is a dangerous person who desperately needed to be removed from society before more tragic events occurred. I am proud of our Task Force and its partners for maintaining vigilance during the course of this investigation.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED. Callers may remain anonymous.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Cuyahoga County is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Linndale Police Department, Rocky River Police Department, Westlake Police Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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