Jail is no place to start the new year.
Three men sought on accusations of committing various crimes in the region might say as much.
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on Thursday announced the arrests of Jesse Perez, Marquise Brown, and Harold Daniels.
Mr. Perez, 34, 1003 Mott Ave., was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday in Fort Pierce, Fla., Deputy U.S. Marshal Rodney Hartzell said.
Mr. Perez, a known member of the local Latin Kings gang, was an inmate at the Lucas County jail for a robbery charge when he was charged in a conspiracy, involving a corrections officer, to smuggle drugs into the jail.
He was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury for aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in marijuana, and illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified government facility.
He was ordered to remain in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond which, with the help of his mother and niece, was posted, Deputy Hartzell said.
“When I found out he was released, I was sick to my stomach,” Deputy Hartzell said. “I knew he wasn’t coming back. I’ve dealt with this guy for my entire career.”
Two days after his family offered up their personal belongings so Mr. Perez could get out of jail, he, as they say, skipped town.
About a week ago, a bail bondsman went to Mr. Perez’s mother’s home, backed up a U-Haul truck, and loaded up her possessions. He plans to do the same thing with the niece, Deputy Hartzell said.
The ongoing investigation into Mr. Perez’s whereabouts led the Marshals to Florida. Mr. Perez is being held in the St. Lucie County jail pending extradition.
Also arrested outside of Ohio was Mr. Daniels, 43, of 748 Chesbrough St., who was wanted for aggravated assault.
He was arrested by Marshals in Milwaukee, Deputy Hartzell said.
Mr. Daniels is accused of using a folding table in August to hit John Garth, 60, over the head, according to a Toledo police report.
Mr. Garth of Toledo was critically injured, police said.
Closer to home, Mr. Brown, indicted by a Wood County grand jury for rape, turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Toledo man walked into the downtown federal courthouse at about 9 a.m. and surrendered.
He is one of four men indicted for an Oct. 26 rape in Rossford; all are being held in the Wood County jail, Rossford police Sgt. Todd Kitzler said.
Also charged in the assault are Cornelius Taite, 35, of Nicholas Street in Toledo and Howard Henderson, 24, and Dajuan Henderson, 27, both of Nebraska Avenue.
Police allege that four men fled from a Rossford home after a 26-year-old woman was raped.