Yesterday evening, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force in South Bend, Indiana arrested Nathan Taylor at the Greyhound bus station in South Bend. Taylor, age 28, was wanted by the Richland County Sheriff's Office on a March 14, 2012 arrest warrant for aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree.
Taylor is one of two suspects in the March 13, 2012 home invasion robbery that occurred in Troy Township. According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the suspects forced entry into the residence, then assaulted and robbed the homeowners at gunpoint. One of the victims was able to call 911 and when the first responding Richland County Sheriff's Deputy arrived, the suspects fled out the back and thru the woods.
The Richland County Division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) was referred the case and information was developed that Taylor was in the Cleveland area. Task Force Officers (TFO'S) from the Cleveland Division and the Richland County Division worked together to follow up those leads in downtown Cleveland. TFO'S were able to determine thru surveillance video that Taylor boarded a Greyhound bus in Cleveland headed for Chicago. TFO'S then contacted the U.S. Marshals Task Force in South Bend to check the bus for Taylor when it made its scheduled stop in South Bend at 6:35 pm. Taylor was located on the bus and arrested without incident.
Richland County Sheriff, Steve Sheldon, was notified of the arrest and he commented, "Having your home invaded by violent criminals and being held at gun point and assaulted is one of the most serious invasions of privacy there are. The Richland County Sheriff's Office and the local police community take these crimes very seriously and put all available resources into identifying and arresting the perpetrators as soon as possible, which is exactly why we have partnered up with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. Having the resources of the task force available to the law enforcement of Richland County is a huge asset to its citizens. I want to thank and commend the task force for having this violent fugitive in custody in Indiana, within 24 hours of this heinous crime."
Pete Elliott, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio stated "since the NOVFTF Richland County Division was started in 2009 we have partnered together to make a significant difference within Richland County. I commend the men and women of the task force who once again have made our streets a safer place not only in Richland County but also within our nation".
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED. Callers may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force's "Dangerous Dozen" fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force - Richland County Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Ashland County Sheriff's Office, Ashland Municipal Probation, Ashland Police Department, Bellville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Butler Police Department, Crestline Police Department, Galion Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Loudonville Police Department, Mansfield Municipal Probation, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ontario Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Richland County Probation, Richland County Prosecutor's Office, Richland County Sheriff's Office, Shelby Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.