Task force captures Columbus fugitive in Cleveland hotel

2:54 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It was a 50-day manhunt but the Columbus fugitive was caught in a hotel near East 112th Street and Buckeye Road.

Sunday evening about 7:45 p.m., the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Galen Thompson, 38, wanted by the Columbus Police Department for two counts of felonious assault.

It is alleged that, on April 1, Thompson broke into his ex-girlfriend's home near the 1400 block of Barnett Road in Columbus and starting shooting at her.

The victim ran into her bedroom with Thompson in pursuit.  Thompson caught her in the bedroom and started to punch, kick, and strike her with the butt of the weapon before shooting her in the shoulder and fleeing the scene.

Columbus Police believed Thompson fled north to Cleveland and reached out the NOVFTF for assistance.

The NOVFTF developed information that Thompson was staying at a hotel around the 11200 block on Buckeye Road in Cleveland.

Task force officers set up surveillance around the hotel and while watching the entrance, officers saw Thompson exit the hotel.  Task force members rushed in and arrested Thompson on the sidewalk in front of the hotel without incident.

A loaded handgun was recovered from the scene. Thompson was taken to the Cuyahoga County Jail where he will wait removal back to Columbus.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "Neither time nor boundaries can stop law enforcement from completing its mission.  This is a great example of how law enforcement partners came together to bring a dangerous fugitive to justice."


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