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For Immediate Release

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November 02, 2012 Ryan Helfrich – Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 244-8033
U.S. Marshals Task Force Announces 30,000th Arrest

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, Ohio – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announced today that the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) has made their 30,000th arrest.

This milestone arrest occurred yesterday morning in Akron when the NOVFTF arrested John P. Reed, a cold case fugitive wanted for 1984 charges of attempted homicide and armed robbery. Reed is also currently being investigated for failing to register as a sex offender stemming from a 1960 conviction of rape and kidnapping. Reed, age 70, was wanted by the Fresno Police Department in California and the United States Marshals Service.

The NOVFTF received a lead this week from the U.S. Marshals in Eastern California who discovered that Reed had fled California approximately 16 or more years ago and moved to Ohio under the alias of Gene Mora. Reed obtained a driver’s license and passport using the alias of Mora. The NOVFTF immediately responded to the information and located and arrested Reed at a residence in the 200 block of Kelly Avenue in Akron, Ohio. During the arrest, officers found and seized a large amount of weapons in the residence to include handguns, rifles, swords, knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Reed may face additional charges for the weapons. Reed was transported to the Summit County Jail to await extradition to California.

Since its inception in June of 2003, the NOVFTF has been responsible for the arrests of over 675 fugitives wanted for homicide, over 2100 fugitives wanted for sex offenses, over 3600 fugitives wanted for assault, over 2000 fugitives wanted for robbery, over 1700 fugitives wanted for weapons offenses and over 8500 fugitives wanted for narcotics offenses. The NOVFTF has also seized over 1,100 firearms, over 23,000 rounds of ammunition, over 540 kilos of illegal narcotics and over $2.1 million currency.

Additionally, the NOVFTF has cleared over 42,000 warrants during this time. The wide-reaching grasp of the NOVFTF has tracked down and captured fugitives across the United States and many foreign nations to include Canada, Mexico, Vanuatu and Israel, to name a few. The NOVFTF has been one of the top performing Fugitive Task Forces in the country and has grown in significantly over the last 9 years. The NOVFTF now consists of over 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with more than 350 law enforcement officers working together to locate and apprehend the most violent offenders within Northern Ohio. The NOVFTF currently has 6 full-time divisions based out of Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo, Elyria and Mansfield.

“This milestone arrest can attest to the vigilance and bravery of all the men and women who serve on the Task Force,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said. “The dedication these officers show to helping keep our communities safe is a testament to their courage and character, however we would not have the success rate we do without the community’s involvement. This significant accomplishment stands as proof of the great relationships the Task Force has with the community at large.”

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 or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters 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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