CLEVELAND -- About 9 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Lee Collins, 29.
Collins was wanted by the Cleveland Police for a homicide. The charges stem from a home invasion that happened on Dec. 17.
During the incident, two suspects ambushed a man at his home near the 900 block of Rudyard Avenue in Cleveland. The suspects, Robert Brown and Willie Riley, forced the victim into his bedroom at gun point and assaulted him, knocking him to the floor next to his bed. The victim retrieved his firearm from under the bed and opened fire in self-defense.
The victim struck Brown, who later died at the scene. Riley came to check on Brown and was also struck by gunfire. Brown fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later with a fresh gunshot wound to his knee.
Collins was allegedly the getaway driver and drove off once the shooting started. Collins was charged with homicide on Dec. 17 and, on Feb. 24, Cleveland Police reached out to the NOVFTF and asked for assistance in locating and apprehending Collins.
The NOVFTF developed information that Collins was at an address near the 400 block of E. 120th St. in Cleveland. Task Force members surrounded the residence and made entry. Collins was located inside the home hiding in a bedroom. Collins was transported to the CPD Central Processing Unit.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "Another great job by our Task Force Members. This is a great example of how quickly our Task Force can get violent offenders off the street."
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833).
You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip to the U.S. Marshals.
Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.