November 24, 2014


Task force arrests man wanted for questioning in murder



The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive who is wanted for questioning in the murder of a Lorain man.

David Morales, 29, was arrested at 8 a.m. today on Delaware Avenue in Lorain, according to a release from the task force. He was wanted for a parole violation in Ohio and possession and trafficking of narcotics in Pennsylvania.

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority forwarded the case to the task force, which has been pursuing Morales throughout Northern Ohio for several weeks. Morales was added to the most wanted “Dangerous Dozen” list last month and had been profiled in local media.

The task force was notified on Wednesday that Morales was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Taru Smith, 36, of Lorain, who was shot Tuesday night in Wellsville.

The task force made Morales a priority and profiled him again, hoping for public assistance.

This morning, the task force received an anonymous tip that Morales was at a residence in Lorain. An investigation determined the tip was credible, and Morales was found hiding in a bathroom at the residence. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Lorain County Jail.

“We are relieved to have this dangerous fugitive in custody without incident,” Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Drew Deserto said. “We thank the tipster and the media for assisting us with locating this individual and making our communities a safer place for everyone.”


  • bama Mike

    Justice for my dude taru

  • golfingirl

    Smith was no stranger to the legal system, having been scheduled to go on trial next week on two counts of felony drug possession.

    Last November, he was taken into custody on a warrant for drug possession during a raid by law enforcement agencies on a home in Wellsville.

    In East Liverpool Municipal Court, Smith also had appeared five separate times for possession of marijuana.

    Just another case of “street justice.”

    When will they learn?