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For Immediate Release

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October 22, 2013 Ross Wilber, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 214-1597
U.S. Marshals Task Force Most Wanted Arrested in Mansfield

NOVFTF LogoMansfield, OH – Yesterday afternoon, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), Mansfield Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Adult Parole Authority arrested Dorrien Smith, 34, on the 100 block of Columbia Ave in Mansfield. Smith was wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office for a sex offender registration violation, a felony of the 3rd degree, and on indictment for forgery, a felony of the 5th degree. Smith, who is also on parole, was wanted by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for a parole violation, a felony of the 2nd degree and by the Mansfield Police Department for domestic violence.

The Mansfield News Journal, teaming up with the Richland County Division of the NOVFTF, ran Smith as this week’s most wanted fugitive. Shortly after noon, the task force received an anonymous tip that Smith was seen in the area of Sturges and Glessner Avenues. Task Force Officers and Mansfield Police Officers set up surveillance in the area and observed Smith walking north on Sturges Ave. As Officers attempted to arrest Smith he fled on foot and after a lengthy foot chase, Smith was arrested on Columbia Avenue.

Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Drew Deserto stated, “This was great work by the entire team. We would like to thank the Patrol Officers from the Mansfield Police Department who responded from roll call and the APA Officers who responded from the jail to help with this arrest. Flooding the area with officers directly led to Smith’s capture and combining forces with our local partners is what makes the task force so successful.”

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 - Richland County Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Municipal Probation, Ashland Police Department, Bellville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Butler Police Department, Crestline Police Department, Galion Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Loudonville Police Department, Mansfield Municipal Probation, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ontario Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Richland County Probation, Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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

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