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Fugitive sex offender now behind bars

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Bruce McElroy (Source: US Marshals) Bruce McElroy (Source: US Marshals)

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announces the arrest of fugitive Bruce McElroy, 31, which occurred Thursday night in Elyria.

An arrest warrant was issued in August 2012 for McElroy by the Lorain County Sheriff's Office for failure to register as a sex offender.

McElroy has a history of violence and was actively avoiding arrest. The case was immediately referred to the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force for apprehension.

The Task Force searched for McElroy for several months with no success. In November 2012, the Task Force added McElroy to the most wanted "Dangerous Dozen" list and profiled his photo in the local media.

Numerous tips poured in from the community at that time but none were able to lead the Task Force directly to McElroy.

The Task Force continued to pursue McElroy and received a tip this week that turned out to be exactly what they needed.

Based on the information received, the Task Force was able to safely locate and arrest McElroy Thursday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., at an apartment on the 800 block of Rosewood Avenue in Elyria.

McElroy was transported to the Lorain County Jail after arrest.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "The citizens of Lorain County have continued to assist our Task Force with tracking down these violent offenders. Working together, we can make a difference in the community."

Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti stated, "This case is a great example of how the Task Force succeeds by bringing together federal, state and local law enforcement resources to help keep our communities safe."

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