Violent fugitive cuffed, stuffed

Early Thursday morning, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from the Mentor Police Department, was able to locate and arrest fugitive Ronnie Haskins during a vehicle stop on State Route 2 in Mentor.

Haskins was wanted by the Euclid Police Department for a robbery that occurred on April 19, 2011 at a convenience store on Babbitt Road in Euclid in which he was alleged to viciously beat the store clerk during the robbery.  Haskins also had a misdemeanor traffic warrant out of East Cleveland.  Haskins has a violent criminal history and was added to the Task Force's "Dangerous Dozen" in May. Haskins was also profiled as a Fugitive of the Week this week on local television, radio and newspaper.

The Task Force received several tips on the case from the media publicity.  Due to the tips, the Task Force was able to determine that Haskins was hiding in the Mentor area.  Thursday morning, the Task Force set up surveillance and was able to identify Haskins enter a vehicle.  With assistance from the Mentor Police Department, the team coordinated a traffic stop on the vehicle and apprehended Haskins without incident.  Haskins was transported to the Euclid Police Department.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "This was a fine collaboration of media assistance, tips from the public and great investigative work.  When these three factors come together, our ability to locate and safely apprehend these dangerous fugitives is greatly enhanced."