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Homicide Suspect Arrested Within Hours of Warrant Being Issued

For immediate release

Anne Murphy, Public Affairs Officer

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

Canton, OH – Late this afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Taben Armstead, 20. Armstead was wanted by the Stark County Sheriff's Office for aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault.

On June 12, 2021, 28-year-old David N. Hughson IV was shot to death at the King's Creek Apartments on West Common St. NE. Over the past year, members of the Stark County Sheriff's Office investigated the shooting death of Mr. Hughson. Based on that investigation a warrant was issued for the arrest of Armstead earlier today. The warrant was turned over to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) and within hours of the warrant being issued the task force had Armstead in custody. He was located and arrested in the 1800 block of Southway St. SW in Massillon without incident.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "The Stark County Sheriff's Office never gave up on this case and their diligent work led to the suspect being identified. Due to the close working relationship between the Sheriff's Office in Stark County and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) an arrest was able to be made the same day the warrant was issued. Community members in the Canton area are safer now knowing a homicide suspect is off their streets."

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.

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The NOVFTF Canton Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies: United States Marshals Service, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stark County Sheriff's Office, Canton Police Department, Carrollton Police Department, Holmes County Sheriff's Office, North Canton Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Perry Township Police Department, Stark County Park District, and Stark County Probation.

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