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For Immediate Release

June 18, 2009 Criminal Investigator Deputy U.S. Marshal
Brian W. Koerbel (216) 276-1033
Task Force Captures Deondray Crayton,
Former Fugitive of the Week and Current Murder Suspect
NOVFTF LogoCleveland, Ohio – On Wednesday evening, June 17, 2009, at approximately 5:00 PM wanted fugitive Deondray Crayton was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. Crayton was wanted for failing to appear for his arraignment on a federal weapons charge. Crayton was featured on Channel 3 News, and in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer as the Fugitive of the Week during the week of May 18, 2009. During the course of the investigation, Task Force members gained information that Crayton was possibly staying at a residence located on the 1000 block of Addison Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. Deputy Marshals along with Task Force Officers established surveillance on the residence and were about to converge when four males exited the residence and got into a vehicle, one of which was identified as Crayton. As the vehicle began to move the Task Force closed in to make a traffic stop. Crayton immediately fled the vehicle and began a foot chase that lasted eight blocks through east side neighborhoods. Crayton was finally run down behind a residence and taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of E. 74th street. During the course of the foot chase Crayton entered a home on E71st Street in an attempt to hide from the police but was chased out of the home by its owner. For this act Crayton has picked up additional charges for burglary. The other three males in the vehicle were questioned and two were released by Cleveland Police.

As these events unfolded it had been learned that Crayton was named as a suspect in a shooting that occurred during the early hours on Tuesday morning June 16, W. 30th Street and Clark Avenue. Crayton was taken to the Cleveland Police Homicide Division for questioning following his arrest. By the end of the evening, the weapon believed to be used in the shooting was recovered by Cleveland Police with the assistance of the Task Force. Cleveland Police expect to charge Crayton with the murder of Paulino Rivera today.

United States Marshal Peter Elliott stated that “I am extremely proud of our Task Force for putting forth the diligence to apprehend Crayton. What seemed like an ordinary day’s work blossomed into a situation that brought closure to one of society’s most heinous crimes. Our partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office is proving to be an invaluable relationship. With our efforts combined with the community’s support we can and will make Cleveland a better and safer place to live”.

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 County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Linndale Police Department, Rocky River Police Department, Westlake 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.