For Immediate Release
|February 17, 2011||
Pete Elliott - U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-5855
|U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Homicide Suspect Wanted Since 2007|
Akron, OH – Andre Colvin, age 39, was wanted by the Akron Police Department in the October 2007 shooting death of Anthony Jackson, age 32, of Bachtel St. in Akron. The Akron Police Department, through the course of their investigation, identified Colvin as a suspect for the homicide, and charged him with murder.
In November of 2007, the Akron Police Department referred the case to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) for assistance with locating and apprehending Colvin. The NOVFTF has spent hundreds of man hours over the last several years searching for Colvin both in the Akron area and across the nation.
In May 2010, the NOVFTF added Colvin to their most wanted “Dangerous Dozen” list. His picture was profiled in numerous media outlets resulting in numerous tips. Investigators were able to piece together information and determined that Colvin had fled to the area of Houston, TX.
Earlier today, Colvin was apprehended in Houston,
TX, by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force based on a lead
sent from the NOVFTF in Akron. Colvin had been living under the assumed identity
of Melvin Lee and it appears had been hiding out in the Houston area since 2008.
Pay stubs from numerous jobs including Starbucks and Target and a book on how to
change your identity were found during the search. Houston Task Force Officers
knew it was Colvin as soon as they saw him, stating that you may be able to
change your identity but your face remains the same. Colvin is currently being
held at the Harris County Jail awaiting extradition back to Ohio.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov