August 1, 2014

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Arrest made in Lorain murder

LORAIN – A 20-year-old Lorain man was arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a Lorain teen earlier in the week, according to Lorain police.

Marlo Lamonte Sanford was taken into custody by Lorain Police Detective Steyven Curry at 12:30 p.m. on a murder warrant. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges stemming from the shooting death of Christopher Hill, a 16-year-old who was shot in the face about 5:15 p.m. June 22 as he sat in a parked car at Long Avenue and West 18th Street. Hill died a day later in a Cleveland hospital.

Curry declined to say where Sanford was arrested, or under what circumstances the arrest was made. He did say that the arrest was not the result of information gleaned from the public.

“It did not come from tips,” Curry said. “It was from the investigation and leads produced from that investigation.”

Police announced Friday they were offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for the shooting deaths of Hill and Marquis McCall, 18, who died shortly after being shot in the chest at Long Avenue and West 13th Street the same day Hill was shot.

Police have refused to say whether the two shootings are related.

Curry declined to discuss any other details of the case leading to Sanford’s arrest.

Lorain police have said a third shooting June 21 in which two men were wounded by a gunman in a passing car as they walked near West 18th Street and Oakdale Avenue does not appear to be related to the two murders.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.