Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

U.S. Marshals Capture "Dangerous Dozen" Fugitive Hiding in East Cleveland

Cleveland, OH – Earlier today, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) apprehended fugitive Raymell Easter, age 19, at an apartment on Nelacrest Rd. in East Cleveland. Easter was wanted by the Cleveland Police Department for homicide stemming from an incident in March 2015 near E. 106th St. and Ashbury Ave. in Cleveland, in which he is suspected of shooting and killing a 17 year old male after attempting to rob the victim.

The NOVFTF was referred the fugitive investigation and began searching for Easter immediately. The NOVFTF added Easter to the most wanted “Dangerous Dozen” list in April and also profiled Easter as a “Fugitive of the Week” in local media.

Within the last two weeks, the NOVFTF received a tip that ultimately led them to East Cleveland where the team was able to locate and safely apprehend Easter today. Easter was transported to the Cleveland City Jail after arrest.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Our task force has been relentless on these dangerous fugitive cases. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and do all that we can to bring justice to the victims of these horrendous crimes.”

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, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

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