Fifth escaped fugitive murderer the Marshals Cleveland Cold Case unit has captured in the units first eight months of existence.
Cleveland, OH - U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott and Ohio Adult Parole Authority Regional Director Todd Ishee today announce the capture of one of Ohio’s most wanted and long sought after escaped inmates. Oscar Juarez, 66, a.k.a. Eleasor Morales Moreno, who has been on the run since April 1978, was apprehended in Saint Paul, MN late yesterday evening after an extensive investigation by the new Cold Case Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
On June 24th, 1975, Oscar Juarez of Toledo, Ohio was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated murder, following the shooting death of a man in Toledo on May 28th, 1975. Juarez escaped from the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio on April 2, 1978 after sawing through his prison bars and cutting through the north fence of the prison. Prison guards found that Juarez placed a dummy in his bed and covered it with blankets in his successful escape.
Juarez went into hiding over the decades, assuming numerous fictitious identities and staying one step ahead of the law. His luck ran out last night as the United States Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Juarez at 382 Pierce Street Apt 9 in Saint Paul, Minnesota based on information provided by the Cleveland U.S. Marshals Cold Case Unit.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Great team work, perseverance and determination led to the arrest of one of Ohio’s Most Wanted Escaped Murderers. We will continue to work on catching the uncatchable. What our investigators have accomplished in the first eight months is outstanding and I am extremely proud of them.”
Ohio Adult Parole Authority Regional Director Todd Ishee stated, “This was one of our oldest cases that many believed to be impossible to solve. Juarez was one of our most sought after fugitives due to the measures he took to escape and evade capture and his serving of a life sentence.”