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For Immediate Release

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March 08, 2013 Andrew Deserto – Assistant Chief Deputy
Northern District of Ohio (216) 551-6234
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests "Dangerous Dozen" Sex Offender in Elyria

Elyria, OH – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announces the arrest of fugitive Bruce McElroy, age 31, which occurred last night in Elyria. An arrest warrant was issued in August 2012 for McElroy by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender. McElroy has a history of violence and was actively avoiding arrest. The case was immediately referred to the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force for apprehension. The Task Force searched for McElroy for several months with no success. In November 2012, the Task Force added McElroy to the most wanted “Dangerous Dozen” list and profiled his photo in the local media. Numerous tips poured in from the community at that time but none were able to lead the Task Force directly to McElroy.

The Task Force continued to pursue McElroy and received a tip this week that turned out to be exactly what they needed. Based on the information received, the Task Force was able to safely locate and arrest McElroy last night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., at an apartment on the 800 block of Rosewood Avenue in Elyria. McElroy was transported to the Lorain County Jail after arrest.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “The citizens of Lorain County have continued to assist our Task Force with tracking down these violent offenders. Working together, we can make a difference in the community.”

Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti stated, “This case is a great example of how the Task Force succeeds by bringing together federal, state and local law enforcement resources to help keep our communities safe.”

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 http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Lorain County Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Amherst Police Department, Avon Police Department, Avon Lake Police Department, Brunswick Police Department, Brunswick Hills Police Department, Elyria Police Department, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Lorain Police Department, North Ridgeville Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Sandusky Police Department, Sheffield Village Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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