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Man Accused of Killing 1-Year-Old Akron Boy Arrested by U.S. Marshals

For immediate release

Josh Lowe, Deputy U.S. Marshal

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

Akron, OH – This afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Ian Belcher, 19. Belcher was wanted by the Akron Police Department for aggravated murder.

On August 10, officers with the Akron Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of Hancock Avenue for a heart issue involving a child. According to Akron Police, the first responding officer found the child unresponsive and performed CPR until EMS arrived. The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detectives interviewed several people in connection with the child's death and analyzed evidence and as a result, a homicide warrant for Ian Belcher was issued.

Today, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Belcher in a vehicle at the intersection of Gaylord Drive and Dawson Road in Akron, OH. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Outstanding investigative efforts by the Akron Police Department led to the identification of this suspect. Our team wasted no time pursuing this fugitive, arresting him within 24 hours of receiving the warrant.”

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 USMS 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.

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