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For Immediate Release

January 14, 2014 Ryan Helfrich, Deputy U.S. Marshal Northern District of Ohio
(216) 522-2236
U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures Cold Case Rapist

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – This morning, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Anthony Savage, age 40. Savage was wanted by the Cleveland Police for rape. The charges stem from a rape that occurred back in 1994. The Cleveland Police developed new information that Savage was the man they wanted for the rape that was now considered a cold case. Almost 20 years ago, Savage allegedly raped a woman after she declined his sexual advances. The case was turned over to the NOVFTF last month after Savage refused to come in and talk to CPD detectives.

Savage was aired yesterday on several news outlets as the NOVFTF “Fugitive of the Week.” It didn’t take long for tips to start pouring in. The NOVFTF received a tip that Savage was staying with his brother at an address near the 6800 block of Polonia Ave. in Cleveland. Task force members went to the address and located Savage hiding in the basement. Savage was arrested and transported to the Cleveland City Jail.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “This is why the “Fugitive of the Week” news segment was created. The public does not want dangerous criminals roaming their neighborhoods. Time and time again concerned citizens step up and help law enforcement locate fugitives and this is another excellent example of residents coming together with us to help keep the city safe.”

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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