AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Officers need the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive from a domestic incident that occurred earlier Thursday morning on South Walnut Street in Akron.
Lavonte Lee Dukes, 24, of West Miller Street in Akron is wanted for felonious assault on a peace officer, aggravated burglary, domestic violence, felonious assault, endangering children and aggravated menacing.
Shortly after midnight last night, Dukes went over to his girlfriend's apartment and kicked in the east side, rear door. Dukes then walked into the apartment waving a gun around. He threatened another male with the gun and made him leave. Dukes then entered a bedroom and tried to take his sleeping daughter. When the girlfriend tried to stop him Dukes put the gun into her mouth and threatened to kill her. The girlfriend called 9-1-1 and Dukes left.
When responding officers arrived, Dukes was backing out of the driveway in a dark colored minivan. The officers approached the minivan on foot and told Dukes to stop. He pressed on the gas and drove the minivan towards the officers. The officers had to jump out of the way to avoid from being run over. Dukes then rammed the police cruiser before fleeing east bound on West Market Street. Officers were unable to chase after him because of the damage to the cruiser.
Lavonte Lee Dukes, is 6'04" and 200 lbs. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Lavonte Lee Dukes' whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4 WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330–434–COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes).
Callers can remain anonymous.