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For Immediate Release

April 15, 2009 Criminal Investigator Deputy U.S. Marshal
Brian W. Koerbel (216) 276-1033
Rochester Gunman Apprehended on Cleveland's West Side
Cleveland, OH – Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:45 PM the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force with the assistance of the Cleveland Division of Police arrested wanted fugitive Matthew Carson. Carson was wanted in the State of New York by the City of Rochester Police Department on charges of 2nd degree murder. The Task Force was notified late this morning by Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Rochester area that they developed information which led them to believe that Carson had fled to Ohio and was hiding in the Cleveland area. Members of the Task Force responded and set up surveillance on an address located on the 3700 block of Chatham Avenue on Cleveland’s west side. A short time later, Carson was seen leaving the residence on foot and was followed to the intersection of Chatham and Fulton where he was apprehended by patrol units from Cleveland’s Second District. The arrest was made without incident and Carson was transported to the Cleveland City Jail to await extradition back to Rochester.

Carson is the main suspect in a shooting that occurred on March 3, 2009 in Rochester, New York. Allegedly, Carson was the trigger man who shot and killed Christopher Rodgers at a residence located in Rochester.

Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Drew Deserto stated, “This is another great example of the effectiveness of our partnerships through the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. When working together, we bring swift justice to those that evade the law.”

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.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Cuyahoga County is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Linndale Police Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Coast Guard.