Tip helped lead to arrest of 17-year-old wanted for rape, kidnapping


CLEVELAND (WJW)– A 17-year-old wanted on several charges including rape and kidnapping was taken into custody in Cleveland Monday morning.

According to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lavelle Spencer had been on the run since May 15 after escaping from the Warrensville Developmental Center where he was being treated, by court order, to stand trial.

Lavelle Spencer

His trial is on the following charges: robbery, aggravated robbery, grand theft, having weapons while under disability, failure to comply with an order of a police officer, assault, gross sexual
imposition, kidnapping and rape.

Spencer, of Highland Hills, was taken into custody by troopers with the Patrol’s Special
Response Team, along with agents from the U.S. Marshals Service. A key tip helped lead to the teen’s arrest. “There was a $5,000 reward offered for tips, and reward money will be paid out,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said.

Spencer was taken to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

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