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Gibbs apprehended after struggle in California; awaits extradition to Ohio

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Convicted child rapist Devante Gibbs is being held in the Long Beach City Jail in California pending extradition proceedings to return him to Ohio for sentencing.

Gibbs fled from the Lorain County Justice Center on Feb. 10 while a jury was deliberating on charges of rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and child endangering.

He was found Saturday at the home of a cousin in Long Beach, California, according a press release from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Gibbs again tried to run when confronted by the U.S. Marshals Service, but was apprehended after a brief struggle, the release said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating how Gibbs made his way to California and who helped him along the way. Those found to have knowingly aided him will be arrested and prosecuted, the release said.

The Sheriff’s Office thanked Deputy Greg Hudson, assigned to the department’s warrant unit, for his work in following up on every lead and working “tirelessly at all hours of the day to hasten the apprehension of Gibbs.”

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



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