Marriece Ellis: Wanted man arrested in Cincinnati

Marriece Ellis: Wanted man arrested in Cincinnati

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A man wanted for an Akron murder has been arrested in Cincinnati.

The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force had been looking for Marriece Ellis since November 12, 2014.

Ellis was wanted for aggravated murder.

A tip was received through Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. that Ellis maybe staying at a relative's house in Cincinnati. The US Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force notified the US Marshals Office Cincinnati Task Force of Ellis' possible whereabouts.

Police say Ellis shot and killed Vernon Appleton, 24, in the 1100 block of Diagonal Road following an argument.

Appelton's mother Dorothea Rouser got the word of the arrest from police, telling 19 Action News, "I'm satisfied, I'm glad they caught him and now justice will be served."

The victim took Marriece in at a rooming house. Appleton's mother was relentless in her search for justice, posting pictures and pleas on Facebook every day since the murder.

Dorothea made this post for her son Wednesday morning before work:  "Your mother loves you son."  Then she posted this to Ellis: "If you was a man you would not hide turn yourself in."  She got word of the arrest three hours later.

Another key to the arrest was Dorothea's aunt in Cincinnati. "She knows people that works for the task force, she's a VA worker and when I gave her the information she went and ran with it. We have a result and he's caught now," added Dorothea.

While the arrest is a relief, Dorothea has questions.  "I want to know why, what happened and we're gonna find out. There's no smile till he's in jail and I see him myself." she said.

Ellis is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati pending an extradition hearing.

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