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For Immediate Release

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March 27, 2013 Bill Boldin, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 522-3522
U.S. Marshals Task Force Has Success in First Two Days of Operation in Ashtabula County

NOVFTF LogoPainesville, OH – Starting yesterday and continuing into this morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Fernando King (age 31), Len Ross (age 45), Allison Chinchilla (age 19), Michael Schultz (age 21), Byron Parker (age 42), and a female that is not being identified until she is formally charged. King was wanted by the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama for a homicide that took place on February 22, 2013 during a botched robbery attempt. Ross was wanted by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office for being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacturing methamphetamine. Chinchilla was wanted by the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation. Schultz was wanted by the North Perry Village Police for a contempt of court warrant. Parker was wanted by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking in heroin and cocaine.

Early yesterday, the NOVFTF developed information that Parker was at a home near the 800 block of W. 41st St. in Ashtabula. Officers went to the residence and located Parker hiding in a bedroom and took him into custody. Parker was transported to the Ashtabula County Jail. Later that day, task force members developed information that Ross was hiding out near the 3100 block of S. Myers Rd. in Geneva Township. Officers set up a perimeter and entered the residence where they found Ross hiding in a crawl space. While searching the home officers discovered a fully operational methamphetamine lab. In the home, members also located Chinchilla and Schultz. Both were arrested on their warrants. The fourth individual, who is not being identified, was arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and other charges. The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to handle the collection of evidence and cleanup of the lab. The Sheriff’s Office will continue their investigation of the methamphetamine lab and anticipate additional charges being filed against these individuals at a later time. All four were transported to the Ashtabula County Jail.

On Sunday, the U.S. Marshals led Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) reached out to the NOVFTF and requested their assistance to help locate King. The GCRFTF believed that King fled from Alabama to the Painesville, OH area. Today, at approximately 11:00 A.M., the NOVFTF with the assistance of the Painesville Police Department developed a lead that King was staying at a home near the 500 block of N. State St. in Painesville. Task force members and police officers converged on the residence and located King inside and placed him under arrest without incident. King was transported to the Lake County Jail where he will await extradition back to Alabama.

The Painesville Division of the NOVFTF was established in November of 2012. Starting on Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service expanded their reach of the NOVFTF into Ashtabula County by performing its first full day of operations. The results of the first two days are a good indication of the impact the U.S. Marshals plan to make on fugitives from justice in Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “We have high expectations for the new task force division covering Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. The results from this week are proving that the task force is already making a difference in those communities and we will continue to pursue those that flee justice.”

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 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Painesville Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: U.S. Marshals Service, Ashtabula County Adult Probation, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, Ashtabula Police Department, Burton Police Department, Chester Township Police Department, Conneaut Police Department, Eastlake Police Department, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Narcotic’s Agency, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mentor Police Department, Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Department, Middlefield Police Department, North Kingsville Police Department, Painesville Police Department, Wickliffe Police Department, Willoughby Police Department, Willoughby Hills Police Department and Willowick Police Department.

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

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