For Immediate Release
|July 08, 2011||
Brian W. Koerbel – Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-1033
|Shooting Suspect Nabbed by Task Force|
Cleveland, OH – Wanted fugitive William Neal, age 21, was arrested this morning at approximately 11:30 am in Cleveland, Ohio. Neal was wanted by the Cleveland police Department on charges of two counts of felonious assault shooting and one count of aggravated robbery. Neal was the primary suspect in two different shootings that have recently taken place on Cleveland’s east side. The first occurred this past June when it is alleged that Neal shot and robbed a male victim that was involved in a dice game on Mt. Hermon Avenue. It is believed that Neal walked up on the participants of the game and shot one of the males five times before robbing him of his money and fleeing the scene. The second instance took place during the first few days of July when it is believed that Neal and others fired a weapon several times into a dwelling on Donald Avenue. The drive-by shooting is believed to have occurred as a result of rival gang activity. Following the second shooting, the Cleveland Police solicited the assistance of the Task Force in the search for Neal.
The Task Force began its search late last week and
was able to gain critical information on Neal’s family members and associates.
The investigation intensely continued through the weekend and over the past few
days. The Task Force was finally able to identify an associate of Neal’s family
that was possibly providing a place for him to hide. At approximately 11:00 am,
the Task Force descended upon a residence located on the 1300 Block of Russell
Avenue in Cleveland. A perimeter was established around the residence as Deputy
Marshals and Task Force Officers attempted to make entry. The members of the
Task Force called into the residence and convinced Neal to surrender. Neal was
arrested without incident and a semi automatic weapon was recovered in the
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.
Callers may remain anonymous.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.