Criminal Justice News

Saturday, March 30, 2013

U.S. Marshals Task Force Ends Manhunt for Attempted Homicide Suspect

Cleveland, OH – Last night at approximately 11:30 P.M., the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Anthony Dowell, age 30, after a manhunt that lasted almost five months. Dowell was wanted by the Shaker Heights Police Department for attempted homicide. It is alleged that on Oct. 28, 2012, Dowell shot his friend after a night at the Horseshoe Casino. The incident happened near Kemper Rd. and Larchmere Rd. in Shaker Heights. After the victim was shot, he ran to an RTA bus. Dowell attempted to enter the bus but the driver refused to let Dowell on board. Dowell then fled the area. On Nov. 30th, of last year the Shaker Heights Police Department reached out to the NOVFTF and asked for their assistance in locating and apprehending Dowell.

Yesterday, members of the NOVFTF developed information that Dowell was staying at a home near the 3200 block of E. 130th St. in Cleveland. Task force members responded to the address and set up a perimeter around the home. Officers knocked on the door and after several minutes Dowell surrendered without incident. Dowell was transported to the Shaker Heights Police Department after his arrest.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “This is another great example of how our task force member’s hard work and diligence pays off. This sends a message to all those that try and flee from justice that we will always get our man.”

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 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.

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