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Buffalo, New York Murder Suspect Found Hiding On Cleveland's West Side

For immediate release

Anne Murphy, Public Affairs Officer

Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland, OH
(216) 276-7505

Cleveland, OH – Late this afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Ja'Vair Walker, 20. Walker is currently wanted by the Buffalo, New York Police Department for murder.

Police in New York believe Walker is tied to a shooting which occurred back in August 2021 where a juvenile female was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle. A warrant was issued for Walker one week ago. From there, investigators learned that Walker may have fled New York and was possibly hiding somewhere in northeast Ohio.

Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) immediately began working the fugitive investigation and any ties to the Ohio area. This afternoon, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) located WALKER in a home in the 3800 block of West 136th St. in Cleveland. He was arrested there without incident. Walker will be held in the Cuyahoga County Jail until he can be extradited back to Buffalo, New York.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "This is the second murder suspect arrested in the city of Cleveland in less than 9 hours, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) is doing everything they can to keep the community safe from violent fugitives."

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833), or you can send a web tip. Reward money is available, and tipsters may remain anonymous. Follow Northern Ohio U.S. Marshals Service on Twitter @USMSCleveland.

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.

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