The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force reached a milestone Thursday morning when they made their 30,000th arrest since the task force was formed in 2003.
This milestone arrest occurred Thursday morning in Akron when the Task Force arrested 70-year old 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, was wanted by the Fresno Police Department in California and the United States Marshals Service.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot tells AkronNewsNow the key to the task force's success has been cooperation. " I think the key to our success is partnerships, whether it's the Summit County Sheriff's Department, the Akron Police Department, the Cleveland Police Department. It's not only partnerships with police departments, but partnerships with the media and the community."
Elliot says better access of information by the community through the internet has also helped to increase the task force's effectiveness in getting fugitives off the street.
" People care about their communities. They continue to call in with tips. I think everything is more accessible today. They're able to go right to their computers, pul up wanted flyers and so on, or on their phones. So I think there's a lot more access to the most wanted out there and access to us in the Marshal's Service, and I think it makes a tremendous difference," says Elliot.