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Lorain County Jail Escapees Arrested Due to Efforts of the U.S. Marshals and Lorain County Sheriffs

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Josh Lowe, Deputy U.S. Marshal

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

Akron, OH – This morning, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) located and arrested Steven A. Carpenter and Johnny L. Brooks Jr. Both individuals were wanted for escaping the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility.

According to law enforcement, Carpenter was serving time at the correctional facility for burglary charges and Brooks was serving time for possession of drugs. At approximately 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Carpenter and Brooks Jr. were able to break a window and escape from the facility located on Murray Ridge Road in Elyria. The two fled the on foot and were on the run until this morning.

This morning, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Brooks at a hotel near the 2900 block of Arlington Road, in Akron. Also, at the hotel with Brooks was a female, who is detained for her possible involvement in the escape and harboring of the fugitives. Carpenter was arrested by the fugitive task force and the Wadsworth Police Department near the corner of Main Street and E. Bergy in Wadsworth, Ohio.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Great partnerships from all our law enforcement partners in Lorain County is what made these arrests possible. We are thankful for all federal, state and local partners that contribute to the ongoing success of our task force.”

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 submit a web tip. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.  Follow the U.S. Marshals on Twitter @USMSCleveland.

The NOVFTF Akron Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies:  The United States Marshals Service, Akron Police Department, Barberton Police Department, Bath Township Police Department, Copley Township Police Department, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, Fairlawn Police Department, Hudson Police Department, Kent Police Department, New Franklin Police Department, Norton Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Reminderville Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Tallmadge Police Department, United States Secret Service, University of Akron Police Department, Wayne County Court of Common Pleas.

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