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U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspect Wanted for Two Separate Homicides

For immediate release

Anne Murphy, Public Affairs Officer

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

Cleveland, OH – The U.S. Marshals led Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), in conjunction with the Cleveland Police Department (CPD), arrested Lavadus Morris (20) earlier this morning. Morris was wanted by both CPD and the Euclid Police Department (EPD) for separate homicides. 

Morris is the suspect in the murder of Terez Avery. Avery was killed on June 22nd in the area of East 103rd and St. Clair. Morris is also the suspect in the murder of Ty’Wan Johnson. Johnson was killed on September 24th, 2022, in the area of E. 240th and Puritan. Morris is the alleged shooter in both incidents. 

The NOVFTF was able to locate and arrest Morris earlier this morning in the 4100 block of Woodbridge Ave. in Cleveland. Morris will be booked into the Cuyahoga County jail where he will await his court appearance.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “The importance of today’s arrest can’t be understated. This individual has been terrorizing our community and needed to be taken off the streets. Our city is a safer place after the hard work of our officers and partners. I hope the families of the victims can find some solace with today’s arrest.”

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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