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$5,000 reward offered in search for teen wanted in Na’Kia Crawford’s death

Anybody with information is asked to contact authorities.

AKRON, Ohio — A manhunt is underway to find 17-year-old Adarus Black, a suspect who is wanted in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Na’Kia Crawford in Akron.

The U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force announced a $5,000 reward Friday morning for anybody who can provide information that leads to his arrest.

Tips can be made at 1-866-4WANTED or online HERE.

Adarus, who faces a charge of murder, is one of three suspects named in connection with the crime. He's from Lakemore. The others are:

  • 18-year-old Jaion Bivins of Akron (remains at large): Faces obstruction and tampering with evidence.
  • 24-year-old Janisha George of Tallmadge (turned herself in Friday morning): Faces a charge of obstruction of justice.

“While nothing will ever bring Na’Kia back, we hope that these pending arrests will bring some sense of justice to this grieving family,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement Thursday. “I thank the detectives and leadership of the Akron Police Department for their skilled investigative work and I strongly encourage the remaining suspects to contact the Akron Police Department to peacefully turn themselves in today.”

Crawford, who recently graduated from North High School, was shot Sunday afternoon while driving home with her grandmother. It happened near West North and North Howard streets.

Police say the shooter was inside a black Camaro that had stopped at a traffic light next to the car Crawford was driving. It's believed, authorities say, the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, and Crawford found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.