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Marshals offer reward for capture of fugitive Gibbs

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    Devante Gibbs answers questions from Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Stephanie Malanowski at his rape trial on Feb. 9.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA – The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward for information leading to the capture of Devante Gibbs, a 24-year-old man who fled on Friday right before a jury found him guilty of rape, kidnapping, child endangering and felonious assault.

Gibbs had been free on a $50,000 bond, which the Lorain County Prosecutor’s office is filing to get back from the bondsman, said Capt. Rick Thomas of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Anne Murphy, deputy U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, said photos of Gibbs are going up on billboards and a reward is being offered for information.

“He’s one of our most wanted fugitives right now,” Murphy said. “He’s high on our radar. We’ll be working any lead that comes in.”

Gibbs was last seen leaving the Lorain County Justice Center around 3 p.m. Friday to smoke a cigarette. By the time the jury reached its decision around an hour later, no one knew where Gibbs was. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery waited another half hour for Gibbs to show before revoking his bond and issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or by text by sending "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411).

Tips can remain anonymous.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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