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Canton murder suspect arrested near Columbus after weeks-long manhunt

He is accused of killing a man in front of his wife and children.
Credit: Stark County Sheriff's Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal authorities have taken a Canton murder suspect into custody three weeks after the alleged crime took place.

The U.S. Marshals service says 31-year-old Dometrious Boles was arrested Wednesday at an apartment complex in Westerville, about 15 miles north of Columbus. He had apparently been hiding out in the area for a number of days.

Boles is accused of shooting and killing Jermain Gaitor at a downtown Canton car wash back on June 11, with police claiming he did so in front of Gaitor's wife and children with both a .45 caliber handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The suspect then allegedly shot an auto repair man in the southwest part of the city before trying to shoot two women.

"Diligent work by the Canton police department and swift action by the two fugitive task forces led to a safe arrest of this extremely violent individual," U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot said in a statement.

A court date for Boles has not yet been set. Records show a sizable criminal record with prior convictions for assault, domestic violence, and drug trafficking.

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