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Fugitive wanted in connection with shootings arrested in S.C.


An Elyria fugitive wanted in connection with multiple shootings was arrested Tuesday in South Carolina.

Terrell “ToodaB” Fennell, 20, of Elyria, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Elyria Police Department on several warrants, including felonious assault.

Authorities said Fennell was involved in three separate shooting incidents with Bradley Watkins, 25, of Elyria. The first incident occurred on Aug. 9 in the 1100 block of Melvyn Lane, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony Keffer. The two men also were allegedly involved in shootings at Paul’s Beverage Shop on Sept. 20 and at Red Roof Inn on Sept. 22.

On Sept. 22, authorities were called to Fennell’s apartment in the 400 block of Foster Avenue for a report of four armed individuals. Watkins, who was among these individuals, was arrested on weapons-related crimes, Keffer said.

A search warrant executed on Fennell’s apartment found cocaine, heroin and a handgun. Fennell, who had a previous drug conviction, was charged with having weapons under disability and possession of cocaine and heroin. He was also charged with felonious assault for his involvement in the shootings with Watkins, Keffer said.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force offered a reward for information leading to Fennell’s capture, and recently listed him among its "Dangerous Dozen," a list of the task force’s most wanted fugitives.

Through its investigation, the Northern task force determined that Fennell had fled to South Carolina, where was originally from, Keffer said.

“We had a hard time tracking him there,” he said. “He had a lot of connections.”

The task force received a tip on Tuesday that a 16-year-old girl from Elyria, who was pregnant with Fennell’s child, was traveling to South Carolina to be with him, Keffer said.

Acting on the information in the tip, authorities went to the Hampton, S.C., home of Fennell’s mother, where Fennell was reportedly living. His mother is incarcerated on unrelated charges, Keffer said.

Keffer said when law enforcement approached the house at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Fennell ran out the back door without shoes or socks on. He was tackled in the backyard by officers and arrested, Keffer said.

“He was caught off guard,” Keffer said.

A search of the residence revealed crack cocaine, scales and cash. The 16-year-old was the only other person in the home.

Fennell will be extradited by Elyria police back to Ohio.

Another one of Northern Ohio’s “Dangerous Dozen” was arrested this week, Keffer said. Julius Webster, 27, of Cleveland, was arrested Wednesday in Parma.

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