September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized by northcoastNOW
LORAIN — A violent criminal wanted by police in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties was tracked down by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and arrested in Puerto Rico early Tuesday.
Andres Arzola fled to the city of Ponce after police say he attempted to rob a Lorain man in the Lake Motel last month and beat the victim with the butt of a gun.
Lorain police say Arzola and several associates dragged the man into the motel and demanded his money, and the victim began fighting his attackers.
Shortly after the alleged robbery attempt, Arzola fled Ohio, police said. Lorain police issued a warrant for Arzola, charging him with felonious assault, aggravated burglary and kidnapping.
Deputy marshals and task force officers from the Lorain Police Department, Elyria Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, Sheffield Police Department and the Solon Police Department in Cuyahoga County worked with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office to apprehend Arzola.
Officers tracked Arzola by identifying and going after several known associates until being led to Arzola’s relatives in Puerto Rico.
“The results of our task force partners working together can clearly be seen in this case,” Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Drew Deserto said. “This fugitive was allegedly involved in several acts of extreme violence and was considered a danger to society.”
Arzola also was wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for 12 counts of armed robbery and 12 counts of kidnapping. Those charges stem from an April 17 incident in which police say Arzola and several associates allegedly robbed a high-stakes poker game in Solon where a dozen poker players allegedly lost $50,000 in cash and approximately $25,000 in jewelry.
Arzola is currently awaiting extradition and will be brought back to Ohio to face his charges.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.