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For Immediate Release

December 18, 2012 Ryan Helfrich, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 244-8033
U.S. Marshals Task Force Brings Early Season's Greetings to Violent Fugitives

NOVFTF logoCleveland, OH – Over the last two days, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has been quite busy rounding up some of the area’s most violent offenders. The team began yesterday morning around 8:00 a.m. and continued into this morning without much break.

The Task Force started yesterday morning targeting fugitive Matthew Borowski, age 26, wanted on a federal warrant out of the Eastern District of North Carolina on 6 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The team located and arrested Borowski near the 6900 block of Dora Blvd. in Independence, without incident. Borowski was brought to the U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland for an initial appearance and will eventually face the charges in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The Task Force then moved on to target fugitives Sergio Prude, age 26, and James Townsend, age 26, both wanted by the Euclid Police Department for charges of attempted aggravated murder. The charges stemmed from an incident on November 26, 2012, in which the duo was alleged to have hid in the woods and ambushed a vehicle with gunfire, wounding two occupants of the vehicle. The Task Force first located and arrested Prude at a residence on the 900 block of E. 131st Street in Cleveland. Later in the evening, the Task Force located and arrested Townsend at a residence near the 14000 block of Scioto Ave. in East Cleveland. Both were arrested without incident and transported to Euclid Police Department.

The Task Force also targeted fugitive Drew Danzy, age 18, wanted for the charge of aggravated murder out of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office. Danzy is alleged to have shot and killed a friend during an incident in Cleveland that happened in October 2012. The Task Force located and arrested Danzy at a residence on the 600 block of E. 124th St. in Cleveland. Danzy was arrested without incident and transported to the Cleveland Police Department.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Our task force members worked day and night over the last two days on these cases and their perseverance paid off in full. The community, the victims, and family members of the victims will hopefully have a more peaceful holiday knowing that these suspects are no longer at large and will face justice for their crimes.”

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

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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