Captured: Akron fugitive on the run after being released to attend daughter’s funeral back in custody


AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has arrested an Akron man who has been on the run after being released temporarily from prison to attend his daughter’s funeral.

34-year-old Joe Fletcher was allowed time outside the facility on August 18 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., only visiting the funeral home and a local hall during that time, according to the US District Court.

Joe Fletcher (Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)

An arrest warrant was issued when he failed to return that evening.

Fletcher is currently under indictment in the Northern District of Ohio federal court for multiple counts of both possession of a firearm and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, according to a release from the US Marshals.

Joe Fletcher was found hiding in the basement of an Akron home Friday evening. A 29-year-old woman with active warrants was also arrested.

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