Marshals: Rapper arrest, made video about evading capture

3:01 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- At 3 a.m. Wednesday, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony "Face" Willis, 32.

Willis was wanted by the East Cleveland Police Department for attempted murder and by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office for failing to appear on a charge of felonious assault.

The attempted murder charge stems from an incident that happened in June 2012.

It is alleged that Willis shot a man nine times after a verbal argument. Shortly after the warrant was issued in June, the East Cleveland Police requested assistance from the NOVFTF in locating and apprehending Willis.

He has a "lengthy criminal history," the release notes, including time in federal prison for taking underage children across state lines to take part in prostitution.

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The Task Force spent many hours over the last few months pursuing Willis throughout the Cleveland area.

Early Wednesday, Task Force members developed information that Willis was at a home near the 1200 block of E. 133rd Street in East Cleveland.

Task Force members, with the assistance of the East Cleveland Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, approached the home and made entry.

Officers searched the home and found Willis hiding in the basement under a pile of debris.

Willis is an amateur rapper and was so confident in his ability to evade capture that he made a video about being on the run.

The video is filled with expletives and contains images of Willis with suspected narcotics and firearms, while also showing off his children.

The video was posted to YouTube Nov. 13 and, accordign to the credits, was directed and edited by Ced Lynch.

Watch the YouTube video called Face On The Run

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "It is always more satisfying to capture a fugitive that believes they can't be found. We are happy to assist in bringing this dangerous fugitive to justice and will continue to pursue those that evade the law and remain a danger to our communities."


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