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For Immediate Release

October 19, 2016 Anne Murphy, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-7505
Fugitive Caught with Gun and Body Armor
N/OH Violent Fugitive Task Force LogoCleveland, OH - Today at approximately 6:00am the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Isaiah Elias, 20. Elias was wanted by numerous police departments in the Cleveland area.

Since the beginning of October, Elias has racked up charges from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department for failing to appear for having weapons while under disability and tampering with evidence; Middleburg Heights Police Department for kidnapping and domestic violence; and the Cleveland Police Department for felonious assault.

Early this morning, members of the task force arrested Elias in the 20100 block of Lunn Ave. in Strongsville. Elias was found hiding in a bedroom of the home. Upon Elias’ arrest, officers recovered various drugs, ammunition, body armor, and a loaded gun.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott added, “The arrest of this fugitive shows how important the relationship between the fugitive task force and the local law enforcement community can be. Without the hard work and dedication of our local partners, and cooperation from the community, this fugitive would still be wreaking havoc in the Cleveland area and surrounding suburbs."

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, Independence Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

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


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