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For Immediate Release

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May 24, 2013 Drew Deserto, Assistant Chief
Northern District of Ohio (216) 551-6234
U.S. Marshals Task Force has Busy Morning in Cleveland and Ashtabula

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announces the arrests of fugitive Michael Evans, age 38, fugitive Shirelle Burgin, age 36, and fugitive Sonny Ray Hatfield, age 33. The first two occurred this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m., when the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) located and arrested Evans and Burgin at a residence near the 1400 block of East 133rd Street in East Cleveland. Evans and Burgin have both been on the run since 2007. Evans was wanted on four warrants from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for weapons offense, fraud, forgery and larceny. Burgin was wanted for forgery by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

The NOVFTF was referred the fugitive investigation case for Evans in August 2012 and has been working the case diligently since that time. Evans was added to the Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” in September 2012 and his photograph has been publicized in local media regularly since that time.

The publicity finally paid off as the NOVFTF received information this week leading them to the location where Evans was arrested. It is believed that Evans and Burgin were on the run together and they both were previously outside the state of Ohio and had recently returned to the area. Evans and Burgin were both transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

While the NOVFTF Cleveland Division was working this investigation, the NOVFTF Painesville Division was busy seeking Hatfield. Hatfield was wanted by Ashtabula Police for assault and was also wanted by Ohio Adult Parole Authority for a parole violation warrant that was issued today. Hatfield was on parole for an original charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. The NOVFTF located Hatfield at a residence on the 1600 block of East 48th Street in Ashtabula at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning. During the arrest, the NOVFTF discovered a loaded firearm in plain view in the residence, which is another violation of Hatfield’s parole requirements. A search warrant was obtained and approximately 10 grams of suspected heroin was found and seized. The Ashtabula Police Department and Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office are handling the criminal investigation pursuant to the search warrant.

Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Drew Deserto stated, “This was a very successful morning for our task force. Finding Michael Evans and Shirelle Burgin after nearly 6 years on the run was great news to us all. The arrest of Hatfield and confiscation of the firearm is a nice bonus to the day. I am proud of the great work that our teams have done this morning and continue to do each and every day.”

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 – Cleveland Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Linndale Village Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Solon Police Department, U.S. Secret Service and the Westlake Police Department.

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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