October 31, 2014

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Alleged gunman arrested

LORAIN — Police have captured Donzelle Crosby, the suspected gunman who has been on the run since the March 1 slaying of a 28-year-old Lorain man.

Detective Steyven Curry said authorities including U.S. Marshals, captured Crosby, 20, shortly before
8 p.m. on Friday. He was arrested without incident, Curry said, and now awaits an extradition hearing.

Details about the arrest were not available Friday, Curry said. He credited Detective Buddy Sivert, the lead investigator in the case, with coordinating the effort.

A $3,000 reward had been offered for information regarding Crosby’s whereabouts, but it is unknown whether that played a factor in his arrest.

Police believe Crosby shot Smith at 511 W. 17th St. during a botched robbery.

Charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery against Aaron Rodriguez, another suspect in the shooting, have been dismissed, according to court records.

Crosby’s brother, Cordale Crosby, 23, pleaded no contest in Lorain Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice.

Several other people also are facing obstruction charges for allegedly helping Donzelle Crosby evade police, including one person in Cleveland and another in Columbus.

Two other people, Jolean Donaldson, 22, and Bud Worthy, 22, also are facing obstruction charges in connection with this case.

Another suspect whom police have in custody, Jeremy Brown, faces aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges. Brown, 21, waived a preliminary hearing in the case during an appearance in Lorain Municipal Court, agreeing to have his case sent to a county grand jury.

More information regarding Crosby’s arrest is likely to be released in the near future, Curry said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at 329-7144 or kbushinski@chroniclet.com.