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November 09, 2011 Ryan Helfrich - Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 522-7711
U.S. Marshals Task Force Nabs Child Rape Suspect Before Boarding Flight Out of State

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – On Monday night, around 11:50 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Solomon Williams III, age 36, in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after they established information he may be trying to leave the state. Williams was wanted by the Cleveland Police Department for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13 year old female several times starting in 2008 up until 2011.

The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force last week and the Task Force had been trying to find Williams in the Cleveland area since then. On Monday, the Task Force developed information during their investigation that suggested Williams may be trying to flee Ohio via commercial airline. Task Force members rushed to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and spread throughout the terminal trying to locate Williams. After several minutes of searching, Task Force members located Williams in the ticketing area of the airport and placed him under arrest. Williams was then transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “We consider those that prey upon our children to be some of the most dangerous offenders in our community. Thanks to the great investigative work by the officers on our task force, this suspect will remain to face his charges.”

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 and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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