June 28, 2016

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Fugitive eludes police

LODI — A man wanted in connection with a March home invasion eluded police Friday morning.

Michael Basford, 26, whose last known address is 296 Springbrook Drive, Medina, has been on the run from law enforcement since he was indicted in April by a Medina County grand jury on a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Police received an anonymous tip Friday morning that Basford was at the Drug Mart, 661 Wooster St.

When Chief Keith Keough arrived, he saw Basford standing in the parking lot. Basford fled when he saw Keough’s cruiser pull in, the chief said.

Keough said Basford ran into a wooded area near the train tracks and police tried to set up a containment perimeter around the area but Basford managed to get beyond the neighborhood before that could be done.

Officers continued canvassing the area Friday.

Keough said whoever called likely knew Basford or recognized him from his picture on the department’s Facebook page when he was charged in March.

The charge stems from allegations that Basford broke into an apartment on Lodi’s Sunset Drive on March 25 and attacked the resident, claiming that the man owed him money.

After Basford left, the resident called police, according to reports. Keough said a warrant was obtained later that day or the next.

Basford has an extensive record.

He was convicted in Medina County Common Pleas Court on felony charges of attempted drug trafficking in 2005, felony possession of cocaine in 2007 and felony possession of oxycodone in 2010.

In Medina Municipal Court, he was convicted of domestic violence in 2006, assault in 2009, drug abuse and driving under suspension in 2010 and operating a vehicle while impaired in 2003.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.