U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announced today that the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) has made their 30,000th arrest.
This milestone arrest occurred Thursday morning in Akron when the NOVFTF arrested John P. Reed, a cold case fugitive wanted for 1984 charges of attempted homicide and armed robbery. Reed is also currently being investigated for failing to register as a sex offender stemming from a 1960 conviction of rape and kidnapping. Reed, 70, was wanted by the Fresno Police Department in California and the United States Marshals Service.
The NOVFTF received a lead this week from the U.S. Marshals in Eastern California, who discovered that Reed had fled California approximately 16 or more years ago and moved to Ohio under the alias of Gene Mora. Reed obtained a driverâ??s license and passport using the alias of Mora. The NOVFTF immediately responded to the information and located and arrested Reed at a residence in the 200 block of Kelly Avenue in Akron, Ohio.
During the arrest, officers found and seized a large amount of weapons in the residence to include handguns, rifles, swords, knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Reed may face additional charges for the weapons. Reed was transported to the Summit County Jail to await extradition to California.
Since its inception in June of 2003, the NOVFTF has been responsible for the arrests of more than 675 fugitives wanted for homicide, 2,100 fugitives wanted for sex offenses, 3,600 fugitives wanted for assault, over 2,000 fugitives wanted for robbery, over 1,700 fugitives wanted for weapons offenses and over 8,500 fugitives wanted for narcotics offenses. The NOVFTF has also seized more than 1,100 firearms, 23,000 rounds of ammunition, 540 kilos of illegal narcotics and $2.1 million currency.
The NOVFTF now consists of more than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with more than 350 law enforcement officers working together to locate and apprehend the most violent offenders within Northern Ohio. The NOVFTF currently has six full-time divisions based out of Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo, Elyria and Mansfield.
"This milestone arrest can attest to the vigilance and bravery of all the men and women who serve on the Task Force," U.S. Marshal Elliott said. "The dedication these officers show to helping keep our communities safe is a testament to their courage and character, however we would not have the success rate we do without the community's involvement. This significant accomplishment stands as proof of the great relationships the Task Force has with the community at large."