December 22, 2014

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Task force arrests man wanted for questioning in murder

Morales

Morales

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.”