May 30, 2016


Fugitive of the Week arrested in Cleveland

Police have arrested a fugitive who is facing rape, sexual assault and gross sexual imposition charges.


The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force listed Roy Young Jr., of Wakeman, as its Fugitive of the Week yesterday and said he was believed to be hiding in Lorain County. Young was wanted for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a girl for the past 10 years. The girl is now a teen.

Tony Keffer, Lorain County task coordinator for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Young was arrested just after 1 p.m. today in the 3400 block of West 120th Street in Cleveland based on tips Marshals.

“We got a ton of tips on this guy,” Keffer said.

Keffer said Young was believed to be fleeing the area with his wife, Sherry Young. Sherry Young was the one who reported Roy Young for the rape allegations.

Keffer said Sherry Young, 36, was believed to be carrying a firearm, allegedly stolen from her mother’s boyfriend Dec. 5. A report details that the firearm, a Glock 27 .40-caliber, was taken from the Eaton Township home in the 12100 block of Melody Lane.

Roy Young spoke with The Chronicle-Telegram in October, saying that the rape allegations were false and filed by Sherry Young during a domestic argument. At that time, Roy Young had accused Sherry Young of taking vehicles from his family’s property and selling them without permission.

Lorain County sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski had said those claims were being investigated, but the vehicles were not registered to Roy Young’s family.

In that October interview, Roy Young also had accused Sherry Young of setting him up on the rape allegations. At that time, he had not been charged.

The family of Roy Young could not be reached Monday.

Young is a 42-year-old white man, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 215 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Previously, Young lived near the 4700 block of Butler Road in Wakeman, according to the U.S. Marshals.

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