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For Immediate Release

January 31, 2014 Ryan Helfrich, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 522-2236
U.S. Marshals Have Busy Day With Two Great Arrests

NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – Early this morning, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested fugitive Jason Sumner, age 30. Sumner was wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender. The Sheriff’s Office issued the warrant in December of 2011 when Sumner failed to report a change of his address. Sumner was convicted in the State of New York of sexual abuse in the first degree and as a requirement of his conviction, he was ordered to register as a convicted sex offender. U.S. Marshals profiled Sumner on their “Agonizing 8” most wanted list in December. The “Agonizing 8” is a list of the most wanted sex offenders within the U.S. Marshals Northern District of Ohio. U.S. Marshal’s located Sumner at a residence located within the 3800 block of West 22nd Place in Cleveland and arrested him without incident. Upon arrest, Sumner acknowledged that he knew the Marshals were looking for him as he boasted he was one of the “Agonizing 8”. Sumner was transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

During the same time, the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) in Macon, Georgia arrested fugitive David Baker, age 27, at a local library. Baker was wanted for homicide and failure to register as a sex offender. The homicide charge stemmed from an incident in Cleveland on December 18, 2013 in which Baker allegedly fired multiple shots into a passing vehicle, fatally injuring a passenger. The NOVFTF in Cleveland scoured the area with interviews and eventually received information that the fugitive may be in the Macon, Georgia area. The SERFTF in Georgia identified Baker at a local library, where he was taken into custody without any incident. Baker is currently being held in a Georgia jail pending extradition back to Cleveland.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Two big arrests in one day is a great day for us. Both of these fugitives posed a continuing threat to society and we are relieved that they are now both in custody and will face justice.”

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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