EAST CLEVELAND -- U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott confirmed to Channel 3 that the final suspect in January's home-invasion shooting in Ashtabula that left two dead has been captured.
He said members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Marcus Lashley Jr, 21, at a home in the 1300 block of East 141st Street in East Cleveland just after noon Tuesday.
Elliott said Lashley had barricaded himself inside the home, but marshals were able to take him into custody.
Ashtabula Police found Lydia Colon Aviles, 43, and her two sons, Alexis and Benny Mook-Colon, 20 and 23, shot inside the home. Alexis was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother died several hours later at MetroHealth Medial Center in Cleveland.
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Another suspect, Lewis Arnold, 24, was arrested last week in Ashtabula.
Here is the official release:
Today at approximately 12:30 p.m., the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Marcus Lashley Jr., age 21. Lashley was wanted by the Ashtabula Police for two counts of murder. The charges stem from a double homicide on Jan. 27th at 1:56 p.m.
It is alleged that Lashley and an accomplice entered into a home located near the 2100 block of Norman Ave. in Ashtabula and attempted to commit a robbery. During the robbery two people were shot and killed and a third was left in critical condition. The two then fled on foot to a waiting vehicle.
The suspected getaway driver, Briana Bernard, and another suspect, Lewis Arnold, were arrested by the NOVFTF last week in Ashtabula. A third suspect, Taquan Matthers, was arrested by Ashtabula Police.
The NOVFTF developed information that Lashley was staying at a home near the 1300 block of E. 141st in East Cleveland. Task force members surrounded the home and knocked on the door. After they received no response, officers made contact with the homeowner.
The homeowner stated that Lashley was hiding inside. After a 60-minute standoff, Lashley finally surrendered to the NOVFTF. A .380 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "Due to the heinous nature of this criminal act, Lashley was our top priority. Our Task Force worked relentlessly for the last 10 days until they found their fugitive. With the last suspect in custody, we hope to bring justice to the family of the victims."
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.