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Fugitive arrested while trying to hide in attic of Akron home

January 17, 2019

Fugitive arrested while trying to hide in attic of Akron home

AKRON, Ohio — A man wanted on several charges tried to elude police Wednesday by barricading himself in the upstairs of a residence and then hiding in the attic, officials say.

Jamar Franklin, 23, eventually was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and is facing charges from multiple departments, including felonious assault, weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon, weapons possession and fleeing.

According to the U.S. Marshals Office, Franklin led officers from the Copley Police Department on a chase on Dec. 30 after they responded to a dispatched call.

Franklin crashed his vehicle during the pursuit but managed to run from the scene. A firearm was recovered, authorities say.

Officers with the Akron Police Department also were involved several car chases with Franklin during the past month, leading to several crashed police cruisers, according to the Marshals Office.

Franklin was found Wednesday evening at a residence on the 500 block of Grace Avenue, which is just west of the downtown area. He is in the custody of Akron police.

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