Cleveland, OH – Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested three juvenile homicide suspects at a home on Cleveland’s west side, earlier this afternoon.
Investigators with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) gathered information that a homicide suspect wanted in connection with a February 25 murder was at a home in the 9800 block of Gambier St. in Cleveland. The suspect, who is 12 years old, was believed to be involved in the murder of Devon Orr, 19, who was shot and killed outside of an apartment in the 2600 block of Washington Ave. in Cleveland. The same 12-year-old suspect was also on bond for attempted murder but had removed his ankle monitor. Members of the task force entered the home and not only encountered the 12-year-old suspect, but also a 17-year-old suspect also wanted in connection to the Washington Ave. murder. Both were found hiding in the basement of the home. Additionally, a firearm was located in the basement of the home as well.
After officers made further entry into the home, they encountered another 17-year-old male hiding on the third floor of the home and they found that he was a wanted suspect in a murder that occurred on February 11 in the 7800 block of Dudley Ave. in Cleveland. The victim, Bryan Conley, 21, was found in a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds Since all three juveniles hid in various parts of the home, members of the task force worked with the Cleveland SWAT team to complete a full search of the home and to ensure that no one was left hiding.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "It is astonishing that a 12-year-old is the suspect into a murder investigation, especially one with such callous and blatant disregard for human life. Our team will continue to work closely with the Cleveland Division of Police to arrest anyone else wanted in connection to these crimes and anyone who commits violence in our cities."
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). 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, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Independence Police Department, Parma Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Solon Police Department, Cleveland RTA Police Department, Westlake Police Department, Bedford Police Department, Middleburg Heights Police Department, Newburgh Heights Police Department and the Metrohealth Police Department.