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For Immediate Release

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April 10, 2013 Ryan Helfrich, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 522-2236
U.S. Marshals Task Force Takes Down Fugitive Wanted for Multiple Violent Crimes

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova and Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath announce the arrest of fugitive John Alexander. This morning, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Alexander, age 23, at a residence near the 14000 block of Lincoln Ave. in Cleveland. Alexander was wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a homicide that took place in early March of this year. The incident occurred around E. 151st and Glendale Ave in Cleveland. Alexander was also wanted for attempted homicide, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping stemming from an incident that happened in August of last year when Alexander allegedly shot a man after stealing his money near E. 79th and Kinsman Ave. in Cleveland.

The NOVFTF developed information recently that Alexander was staying at the residence on Lincoln Ave. in Cleveland. Task force members approached the address this morning and set up a perimeter around the home. Officers knocked on the door and after several minutes Alexander surrendered without incident. Alexander was transported to the Cleveland Police Central Processing Unit after his arrest.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “This individual was wanted for multiple acts of violence within our communities over a long period of time and we are thankful to now have him in custody. We are hopeful that this arrest will bring some peace to the victims and their families.”

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Cleveland Division 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 Village Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service and the Westlake Police Department.

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

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