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March 05, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Hodge (419) 259-6286
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Sylvania Man for 3 Counts of Rape of a Juvenile

NOVFTF LogoToledo, OH – Early this morning members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), Toledo Division arrested Cheeley Andrew Hunter, 54, on an 8-year old arrest warrant for three counts of raping a 14-year old female in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Hunter was arrested and charged with rape in Alabama but fled the state before his trial and has been on the run since 2005. The NOVFTF received information that Hunter may possibly be in the local area although his exact whereabouts were unsure. Through extensive research of numerous databases members of the NOVFTF determined that Hunter was living at a residence on Central Avenue in Sylvania.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., the NOVFTF surrounded the residence and announced their presence, ordering Hunter to open the door. He refused and at this point, entry was forced into the house and Hunter was arrested without incident.

“This is a classic case of the perseverance and determination of the U.S. Marshals to apprehend fugitives for serious crimes, “said U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliot. “Hunter was on the run for 8 years and was found several states away. This truly is a case of you can run all you want, but you can't hide.”

Hunter’s criminal history includes convictions for narcotics and burglary. He is currently in the Lucas County Jail awaiting extradition to Alabama.

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.

The NOVFTF Toledo Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies: Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Toledo Police Department, United States Marshals Service, Fremont Police Department, Genoa Village Police Department, Holland Police Department, Ottawa Hills Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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