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Northern Ohio Task Force tracks down infant abductors

2:07 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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GARFIELD HEIGHTS -- U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott confirmed the safe recovery of  two infants who were reported missing and endangered when their parents fled with them after an emergency custody hearing in Lake County.

Jennifer Crawford, 34, and Christopher Rusyniak, 41, both of Willowick, were charged with interference with custody after they fled their Willowick residence with the children in order to avoid a court order granting temporary custody of the children to the Lake County Department of Jobs and Family Services.

The Willowick Police Department and Lake County Sheriff's Office launched an intense investigation to locate the children and their parents.

Throughout the investigation, task force officers from throughout Lake and Geauga counties assisted in checking over 15 residences and conducting over three dozen interviews in cities throughout Lake, Geauga, Summit, and Cuyahoga counties.

Wednesday evening about 8 p.m., the task force was checking areas that the suspects were known to frequent when a member observed a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects' family members exiting the I-480/Broadway off-ramp.

The officers followed the vehicle to a trailer park at 13505 Broadway in Garfield Heights.

Members of the task force determined which trailer the suspects were staying in and were able to locate and arrest both.

During the arrest, officers also safely recovered both of the missing children.

Rusyniak and Crawford were taken to the Willowick Police Department.  Both children were taken to Tri-Point Hospital by the Lake County Sheriff's Office where they were admitted for observation.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot stated that, "The agencies and officers involved should be commended for their tenacious effort that led not only to the arrests of the two fugitives, but also the safe recovery of two very young children who were in a very dangerous situation."

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to TIP411 (847411)

Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available

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