Valdosta Daily Times

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April 14, 2014

‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

Suspect in attempted murder, robberies captured in Valdosta

VALDOSTA — A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

Marlin Koonce, 21, was wanted for attempted murder with a firearm, two counts of felonious assault with a firearm, two counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm, two counts of robbery with a firearm, petty theft and having a firearm while under disability, according to a press release from the Valdosta Police Department.

Koonce was connected to a shooting in East Cleveland, Ohio, in which someone almost died, and was later implicated in another shooting, according to television station WOIO of Cleveland, Ohio.

At 8:21 p.m., Valdosta police responded to the 600 block of Troup Street on a domestic dispute call. When they arrived, officers determined that the dispute was verbal, but as they interviewed people at that address, they became concerned that something else was wrong, according to the press release.

Officers determined one of the residents was Koonce, and police were advised by Ohio authorities that he was considered extremely dangerous.

Koonce was taken into custody immediately and taken to the county jail pending extradition hearings for a return to Ohio.

Koonce was in Valdosta because he knew someone at that address and was on the run from Ohio authorities, according to Valdosta police.

Detective Dshaun Thompson of the East Cleveland Police said Koonce robbed people for small amounts of cash.

“$15 was what the last one was over,” Thompson said.

“This was a tremendous effort by a patrol supervisor and officers with the police department who conducted an Internet search from their in-car computers, finding media articles to help determine the identity of Koonce, who initially lied about his identity. Their persistence paid off and ensured a violent offender from Ohio is off the streets of Valdosta,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

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