GALION -- A 37-year-old Columbus man accused of killing his girlfriend was arrested Wednesday night by Galion police, assisted by the Crawford County Special Response Team and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Chief Brian Saterfield, Galion police received an anonymous tip Thursday around 7:30 p.m. that Roshan Cumberlander was staying at an apartment in the Crawford County city.
Officers were able to get a positive identification from a photo of the suspect and determined he was last seen at 430 Libby Lane, Apt. 2, in Galion, the chief said in a press release.
The Crawford County SRT was activated to attempt to apprehend the suspect. Law enforcement was able to get residents in adjacent apartments relocated before trying to approach the suspected apartment.
Attempts to get anyone from inside the apartment to come to the door were initially unsuccessful. The resident of the apartment, Lashaunda Pankey, 26, eventually came to the door. She and her 9-month-old child were removed from the apartment prior to officers searching the apartment.
The SRT team did not locate Cumberlander inside the apartment, but found evidence he may have crawled into the attic space. Officers were able to determine he was in fact hiding in the attic and were able to apprehend him while he was in the attic.
During the course of apprehending the suspect in the attic, one of the SRT members fell through the upstairs ceiling. He was transported from the scene by Galion Fire and EMS to Avita Health System - Galion Hospital. He was being treated for non-life threatening injuries at the time of this release.
“Our officers did an outstanding job of confirming the information that was given to them regarding a violent offender. The County Special Response Team once again completed a successful mission, apprehending this suspect. I could not be more proud of our officers and the entire SRT Team," Saterfield said.
Cumberlander was taken to the Crawford County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Columbus on the homicide warrant.
According to published reports, Cumberlander allegedly shot Tomika Turner, 36, to death at close range during an argument on Oct. 16. The shooting happened in the 1100 block of East 13th Avenue in South Linden around 10 p.m.
She was found lying in the street and was taken to Grant Medical Center, pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m. At the time, it was the 88th homicide in Columbus this year.
Pankey was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. She was transported to the Crawford County Jail, pending filing of formal charges by the Crawford County Prosecutor. Her child was placed in the custody of Crawford County Children Services.