MANSFIELD -- Tremayne E. James, 36, a fugitive sought by local authorities, was arrested on Friday, July 26, by the United States Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Taskforce (NOVFTF) at a motel in Columbus.
James was wanted on two felony warrants, one in reference to a “Felonious Assault” warrant (F-1) out of the Mansfield Police department and the other a felony parole violation warrant out of the state of Alabama for distribution of drugs.
"The Felonious Assault warrant was issued in reference to an incident that occurred on July 17, 2019 at 140 Wood Street in our city," said Capt. Shari Robertson, of the Mansfield Police Department. "While speaking with an officer in reference to a vehicle complaint, Mr. James was found to have the above mentioned active felony warrant out of Andalusia County Alabama for a parole violation for 'Distribution of Drugs' with a nationwide pickup.
"When the officer attempted to take him into custody on the outstanding warrant, Mr. James assaulted the officer and fled on foot. The officer gave chase and another struggle ensued but Mr. James was able to successfully flee on foot and could not be located."
The NOVFTF was able to obtain information that James had fled the area and was staying in a room at a motel located at 1289 E. DublinGranville Road in Columbus, Mansfield Police stated. The NOVFTF was able to successfully take Mr. James into custody on the outstanding warrants, without incident.
Robertson reported the NOVFTF was assisted by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). James was transported to the Franklin County Jail and later moved to the Richland County jail where he remains incarcerated on those charges.
"The Mansfield Division of Police wanted to express our sincere appreciation to the community for their help as well as to the above mentioned U.S. Marshals Taskforces who assisted in Mr. James’ apprehension in taking a violent felon off our streets," Robertson stated.