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Cleveland Suspect From 2012 Murder Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Illinois

For immediate release

Anne Murphy, Public Affairs Officer

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

Bloomington, IL – Earlier this afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), along with Deputies from the Central District of Illinois, arrested Martino Giles, 35.  Giles has been wanted since 2015 by the Cleveland Division of Police for homicide. 

According to reports, Giles and his roommate were involved in a verbal altercation in their home near East 55th St. and Superior Ave. Giles is alleged to have shot and killed his roommate, DeAndre Jackson, over rent money and a watch.  Giles was officially named as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest on September 8, 2015. 

Cleveland Division of Police Chief Wayne Drummond stated, “Cleveland Homicide Detectives worked diligently to bring charges against Giles for the senseless violence and horrible tragedy committed against Mr. Jackson.”

Over the past seven and a half years the NOVFTF has followed leads throughout Ohio and into other states looking for Giles.  Most recently the case has been assigned to the Cold Case Division of the NOVFTF.  Giles has been known to use aliases and was even arrested under a fictitious name.  He was released before his true identity was known to law enforcement. However, over recent weeks investigators with the NOVFTF closed in on Giles and where he was hiding.  The NOVFTF was able to locate him in an apartment in the 3000 block of Clearwater Ave. in Bloomington, IL.  He was arrested there without incident. 

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott added, “Investigators here in Cleveland never let up on this case, the victim’s family deserves justice and hopefully this arrest is the first step in the process.  I would also like to thank the outstanding work from U.S. Marshal Brendan Heffner and his team in Central Illinois.”

Giles will remain in local custody in Bloomington, IL until he can be extradited back to Cleveland to face the pending charges against him. 

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