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For Immediate Release

November 22, 2013 Andrew Deserto, Assistant Chief Deputy
Northern District of Ohio (216) 522-3499
Cleveland Murder Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Georgia

NOVFTF logoCleveland, OH – Early this morning, fugitive Byron James (age 27) was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) in Marietta, Georgia. James has been wanted for homicide by the Cleveland Police Department since August 2012. The charges stem from an incident in August 2012 where James is alleged to have shot a man to death near E. 136th St. and Kelso Avenue in Cleveland. The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) was referred the fugitive investigation and had been searching for James since that time.

The NOVFTF profiled James in the local media as the “Fugitive of the Week” and also added him to the most wanted “Dangerous Dozen” back in December 2012. The NOVFTF continued to pursue James and developed some information in the last several weeks that led officers to believe that he might be hiding in Georgia with a family member. Early this morning, the SERFTF successfully located and apprehended James at an apartment in Marietta, Georgia, without incident. James will be held in Georgia until he is extradited back to Ohio to face the homicide charge.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “This case proves the statement of ‘You can run but you can’t hide’. Our team never gave up looking for this murderer and we are pleased that he will be returning to Ohio soon to face his charges”.

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 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, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Solon Police Department, and the Westlake Police Department.

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


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