U.S. Marshals Arrest Multiple Cleveland Homicide Suspects in Same Day
For Immediate Release
Josh Lowe, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Cleveland, OH – Yesterday afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Torrez Smith, 23, and Mark James, 31, who were both wanted by Cleveland Division of Police for homicide.
It is alleged that on January 8, 2022, Torrez shot and killed Alivia Leeth, 42, during a drive by shooting near 3900 block of Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. Yesterday morning, task force members arrested Smith at an associates address near the 9400 block of Cherry Tree Drive in Strongsville.
Mark James is alleged to have killed Darius Sikes Jr, 30, on January 1, 2022. Police say that Sikes was found in the doorway of a residence near the 14900 block of Kinsman Road with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen area. Yesterday afternoon, task force members arrested James at an address near the 10200 block of Anderson Ave. in Cleveland.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "The Cleveland Division of Police homicide unit continues to produce outstanding work and our task force is doing our best to get these violent fugitives off our Cleveland 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 USMS tip. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.
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.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at https://www.usmarshals.gov.
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