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Reward offered for fugitive who disappeared after arson

Gianni Gray (Source: WOIO) Gianni Gray (Source: WOIO)
The fire broke out on Cleveland's west side around 10 p.m. on May 23. (Source: WOIO) The fire broke out on Cleveland's west side around 10 p.m. on May 23. (Source: WOIO)
A handful of people had to be rescued, and one firefighter was injured. (Source: WOIO) A handful of people had to be rescued, and one firefighter was injured. (Source: WOIO)
The building suffered extensive damage. (Source: WOIO) The building suffered extensive damage. (Source: WOIO)

There is hardly a sign of the building that sat on the corner of West 92nd Street and Lorain Avenue. 

First, it was the scene of a murder, then the scene of an arson fire that could have turned deadly. 

There is also no sign of the man responsible for the fire -- now a fugitive -- Gianni Gray. 

It is a complex story of retaliation that began with the murder of Orlando Gray, Gianni's brother, on May 5. After the killing, the landlord evicted Gray. A couple of weeks later on the last day Gray was there, a fire started.

It almost turned into a very dangerous, deadly fire. Five people had to be rescued from the roof. A firefighter was injured when a portion of a ceiling collapsed. 

Police believe Gray started the fire and has committed other crimes as payback. His brother had a record and was even featured on a televised Public Enemies segment. Since he likely had enemies, they could now be the targets of Gray, according to Richard McIntosh with Crime Stoppers.

"We believe he's involved in some arsons in other parts of the city and some felonious assaults. There are warrants for his arrest," said McIntosh.

Cleveland Police, Fire Arson, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Marshals are all looking for Gray. Tips are coming in, but not the one they need. 

"We are getting some tips on Gianni Gray and they're being followed up on by the police. And again, we have a reward out there, and it goes to the person that gives us the best tip the earliest in the investigation," explained McIntosh.

Police want to catch Gianni Gray and end his crime spree before anyone else gets hurt or killed. A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that will lead to his arrest. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463. Tipsters can remain anonymous.  

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