U.S. Marshals and Tuscarawas County Sheriff's deputies say they were able to locate and arrest a violent fugitive who has been on the run since early May.

Authorities said Michael D. Evans ,30, was wanted for failing to appear on aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges and was named as a suspect in a a homicide in Miami, Florida after a 46-year-old man was found in a pool of blood inside a motel rented by Evans and his family.

Evans allegedly went on the run with his wife, Kristy Evans, 34, and her 7-year-old daughter. He was found in Kansas Thursday night around 8 p.m.

Kristy Evans was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for obstructing justice. The 7-year-old child is currently in the custody of children services in Kansas awaiting transfer of custody to a relative in Ohio.

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(The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive) Task Force (NOVFTF), in conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office of Ohio, have located and arrested violent fugitive Michael D. Evans.Evans, age 30, was wanted by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges. He went on the run in early May with his wife, Kristy Evans, age 34, and her 7 year old daughter. The NOVFTF worked jointly with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office to locate Evans. It was discovered in early June that Evans was in the Miami, Florida area and was the primary suspect in a homicide that occurred at the Sunshine Inn Motel in Miami. The victim of the homicide, 46-year-old Joseph Everett Moniz, was found in a pool of blood inside a room at the Motel rented by the Evans family while on the run from the Ohio charges.The NOVFTF continued to work closely with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office and developed leads in the case. This week, the investigation led to the Kansas area and the U.S. Marshals led Kansas Apprehension Fugitive Task Force (KAFTF) was requested to assist with the investigation. Due to the collaborative effort, Evans was apprehended yesterday, at approximately 8:00 p.m. (EST), by the KAFTF at the Motel 6 located at 3404 Vine Street, Hays, Kansas. Also present in the motel room at the time of arrest were Kristy Evans and her 7 year old daughter. Kristy Evans was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for obstructing justice. The 7 year old daughter appeared to be in good health and is currently in the custody of Children Services in Kansas awaiting transfer of custody to a suitable relative in Ohio.

Authorities were also able to recover a 2005 Audi A4 convertible with Florida Temp Tags in a Walmart parking lot near the Motel in Kansas. This vehicle is believed to be the vehicle that Joseph Everett Moniz was driving prior to his murder. Michael Evans and Kristy Evans were taken to the Ellis County Jail in Kansas to await extradition to Ohio. Investigators from Miami are in route to Kansas to continue the homicide investigation of Joseph Everett Moniz.

Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office stated, "We are relieved that this dangerous fugitive is now in custody and that this innocent young girl is now safely removed from potential harm. We worked closely with the U.S. Marshals throughout this investigation and our great team effort was a direct factor leading to the arrest. We hope to continue this relationship and ensure those that flee from justice have nowhere to hide."

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Akron police are looking for two suspects in two separate robberies that happened within an hour of one another Friday morning.

Police say a 50-year-old man was robbed at a South Arlington Street gas station around 10 a.m. The victim told police that a man, wearing woman's clothing, walked up to the victim’s car, got into the passenger seat and asked for a ride. The victim refused -- and that's when the suspect took the victim’s phone and walked away. The victim followed the man to retrieve his phone, but the suspect punched the victim in the face, causing a minor laceration above the victim’s right eye. Police say the suspect got into a silver hatchback car and fled.

About an hour later, another robbery happened inside an apartment in the 900 block of Concord Avenue. A man demanded the residents to get down on the floor while he grabbed $90.00 in cash, methadone pills, oxycontin pills, and a purse before fleeing in a red Nissan Altima.

Akron police are still searching for the suspects.

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The owner of the Far-Less Food Market on East Buchtel is being called a hero -- and cops were applauded after a standoff at a nearby house ended peacefully with an alleged robber in custody.

Police say 38 year old John Beason Jr. of Warren tried to rob the store, when instead the owner pulled out his own gun and took aim.

They say that caused the robber to scurry, and try to hide out in a nearby house on McNaughton Street...where he eventually was taken into custody after an hour and a half long standoff.

Police think Beason's the same guy who hit the Family Dollar on North Arlington twice last week. He now faces aggravated robbery charges in those two holdups.

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Stark County Sheriff's Officers made quick work of tracking two men suspected of robbing a bank in Southwest Canton late Thursday morning.

The robbery went down at the Bank of Magnolia on Cleveland Avenue Southwest at just past 11:30 AM.

The vehicle involved in the robbery was found a short time later near 12th Street Southwest, and the suspects were tracked by a police dog to a home nearby.

Two men were taken into custody - 39 year-old Timothy Allen Smith of Canton and 25 year-old Christopher Glenn Arntz of Canton. Both were charged with bank robbery.

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:26

Convenience Store Robbed In North Hill

Akron police are looking for whoever robbed a convenience store in North Hill on Monday morning.

Employees at the Glenwood Retail Store on East Glenwood Avenue near Route 8 say someone entered the store at about 10 AM on Monday, and had one of his hands in his pocket as if he had a gun. The robber handed a bag to the clerk and told her she'd be shot if she didn't put money in it. After she put money in the bag, the robber got away.

Police say the robber wore a hospital mask and was seen getting into a gold, four-door vehicle, possibly a Chevy Malibu.

They describe the suspect as a black male, 5’7” – 5’11”, 140 to 160 lbs., wearing a hospital mask, a maroon hooded sweatshirt and gray sweat pants.

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Wadsworth police are looking for someone who robbed the Speedway gas station on Akron Road with a rifle last night.

They've obtained surveillance video taken from the gas station at about 20 until 9 PM. They say the suspect wore a scarf and gloves, and partially concealed a rifle with an Ohio State jacket.

Police say the robber already left the store and drove away in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier, by the time they arrived.

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(Wadsworth Police Department) On March 24, 2015 at approximately 8:41 P.M. personnel of the Wadsworth Police Department responded to the aggravated robbery of the Speedway gasoline station, 1160 Akron Road. The suspect had already left the area eastbound on Akron Road, traveling in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier.
The suspect was described as a white male, mid 20's, 5'8" – 6', reddish-blonde hair, wearing a scarf covering the lower half of his face, a tan jacket and blue jeans. He also wore gloves on his hands.
The suspect carried what appeared to be a rifle, partially concealed with an Ohio State jacket.
Surveillance pictures of the suspect are included on additional pages. These pictures portray:
• The suspect entering the store
• The suspect at the counter
• The suspect exiting the store
• The suspect vehicle
We're asking for assistance in identifying the suspect. Any information on the aggravated robbery or potential identification of the suspect can be forwarded to us via several methods:
• 330-334-1511 (Communications Center, 24 hours a day)
• 330-335-2769 (Departmental tip line)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Departmental e-mail)

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:28

Sub Shop Robber Waits In Line

The man accused of robbing a Kenmore sandwich shop apparently was willing to wait in line to do so.

Akron police say the Subway Restaurant on Kenmore Boulevard was robbed on Wednesday night.

The clerks told police that the suspect entered the restaurant and stood in line and ordered food. When he got to the register, he had his hand in his sleeve, as if he had a gun, and demanded money from the register or he would kill the clerk. T

That clerk then opened the register, and handed the robber an unreported amount of cash, then fled.

Akron police have supplied a picture from surveillance video of the robbery.

They describe the suspect as a white male, 25 to 30 years old, 5'9", 180 to 210 lbs., with blonde hair, blue eyes, decayed teeth, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red shirt under the sweatshirt and black sweat pants.

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Akron police say they've arrested a 16-year-old suspected of robbing a Pizza Hut delivery driver in Akron over the weekend.

Akron police report the driver was robbed at gunpoint in the 1000 block of Nadia Court. Police say the 16-year-old took the delivery driver's car keys, cell phone and money.

The teen was found with a 22 revolver that was allegedly used in the robbery.

He was charged with aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability. He was taken to Summit County Juvenile Court.

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:52

Teen To Police: "Times Are Tough"

"Times are tough." Those words from the 16-year-old boy who police say tried to rob his grandmother with a BB gun made to look like a real gun.

Police said the teen was willing to talk to them after he was taken into custody. In a police report, the teen was quoted saying "times are tough" and that he needed cash. The boy said he "didn't mean to hurt anyone" -- including his own grandmother. The teen reportedly told police that he simply "saw an opporutnity and took it."

According to Akron police, a 55-year-old woman reported to officers that a man attempted to rob her in the living room of her Sumner Street home around 7:30 p.m.

She told police that the boy, who she recognized as her grandson from his voice and clothing, entered the front door of her home and demanded money from her purse. She told police he was armed with what appeared to be a real gun.

The boy fled after the woman refused to give her him any money.

Police caught up with the teen after he fled the scene. He was reportedly carrying a BB gun that was altered to look real.

The 16-year-old is facing several charges including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and facsimile firearm. He was placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:26

APD: Teen Tries To Rob Grandmother With BB Gun

A 16-year-old boy is facing a list of charges after police say he attempted to rob his grandmother with a BB gun.

A 55-year-old woman reported to police that a man attempted to rob her in the living room of her Sumner Street home around 7:30 p.m. She told police that the boy, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, entered the front door of her home and demanded money from her purse.

Police say the woman refused to give the teen any money because she recognized him as her grandson by his voice and clothing. The boy asked another time, but she refused again.

Police caught up with the teen after he fled the scene. The boy was reportedly carrying a BB gun that was altered to look real.

The 16-year-old has been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and facsimile firearm. He was placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

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