EASTLAKE, Ohio - Three Lake County fugitives are under arrest after a local U.S. Marshals task force apprehended them Wednesday. The arrests were part of an effort to rid suburban streets of potentially violent offenders.
“These people are wanted for very serious crimes,” said Bill Boldin, a deputy U.S. Marshal who leads the agency’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. “We’re showing up with 10 to 12 highly trained officers that have the proper tactical equipment and can safely make an arrest.”
The task force is comprised of 11 local police officers and detectives. For the past 10 years, the group has served warrant arrests to Cleveland-area people who are eluding police. Boldin said the cases they handle are potentially too violent and complex for police departments to handle.
“Police departments just don’t have the resources and manpower to track one individual or two individuals,” Boldin said.
Boldin and other officers said they’re busier than ever as crime is increasing in suburban areas, especially drug-related offenses.
“With the increase in heroine in the area, you see robberies picking up, you see more assaults, home invasions, burglaries,” said Robert Gonzalez of the Eastlake Police Department.
The group of a dozen task force members started Wednesday at a Willoughby home that officers had staked out for about a week. They were looking to arrest 44-year-old Warren Hunter, who was wanted for violating his probation on drug charges.
“He knows he’s wanted,” said Boldin who added that Hunter had lived at four different addresses in the past three months. “He’s been actively moving around to avoid us.”
The task force entered the home, arrested Hunter and found drug paraphernalia. Two other men inside the home were arrested, including one who resisted arrest. Subsequently, the man and task force officer suffered minor injuries, and an ambulance arrived on scene. No one was transported to the hospital.
The group also arrested Mentor resident Robert Joyce and Painesville resident Jason Sessler Wednesday. Both were wanted for drug-related charges.
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