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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Tracks Down Toledo Rape Suspect

Toledo, OH – Today, the U.S. Marshal led Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Levelle Booth. Booth, age 43, was wanted by the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office after being indicted for Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition. The NOVFTF, with the assistance of the Toledo Police Department and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, was able to locate and arrest Booth at a home located on the 1300 block of Yates in Toledo, OH. After Booth’s apprehension he was taken to the Lucas County Jail.

NOVFTF members were involved in a three-week manhunt for Booth. Investigators received information on the possible location of Booth and set up surveillance at the residence in question. Task Force members observed a man fitting the description of Booth looking out a window and they then converged on the house. Booth was located inside the home and placed under arrest. Booth was previously placed in the Toledo Blade under the Toledo’s Most Wanted section and featured on several Toledo area newscasts in an attempt to locate him.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, stated, “The apprehension of sexual offenders remains a high priority for the Marshals Service and due to the hard work of the NOVFTF, the Toledo Police and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, another sexual offender has been taken off the streets.”

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, which is updated monthly.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Toledo Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Fremont Police Department, Holland Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ottawa Hills Police Department, Toledo Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protections, U.S. Marshals Service and Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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