(WOIO) - The Ashland County Sheriff's Office says fugitive Richard J. Lawless has been captured after weeks on the run.
The sheriff's office was notified by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 3 p.m. Friday that the 48-year-old was taken into custody without incident.
U.S. Marshals received information that Lawless was spotted in the Portage Lakes area near Akron. Surveillance was set up on State Mill Road, where units observed Lawless cross the road, heading towards a housing development. Marshals were able to stop and arrest Lawless, who was unarmed.
He was transported to the Wayne County Jail.
Lawless has been on the run for 52 days after being interviewed by the DEA and Medina County Drug Task Force at his home on Township Road 902 near Polk, OH. During that time, Lawless was tracked in many other states -- including West Virginia, Indiana, and Utah -- but had always returned to this area. The home where he was staying will be investigated.
Authorities say he avoided arrest in West Virginia during a traffic stop on July 9, when his girlfriend, Sara Krupansky, was apprehended and taken into custody.
"This type of case is exactly why our sheriff's office partnered up with the U.S. Marshals. When a dangerous felon goes on the run, members of the task force can combine resources to bring this individual to justice. In this case, we were able to take Lawless into custody and will bring him back to Ashland County to face felony charges and face sentencing," said Chief Deputy Carl Richert, of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.