September 18, 2014

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Fugitive of Medina County courts caught in South Dakota

Randolph Valure

Randolph Valure

A fugitive rapist wanted for jumping bail and multiple counts of burglary and drug manufacturing was captured Wednesday in South Dakota.

Randolph Valure, 45, of Guilford Township, was taken into custody in Watertown at about 3 p.m. by U.S. marshals.

Valure was taken to the Codington County Jail to await extradition to Ohio to face charges of multiple counts of burglary, failure to appear stemming from a rape and abduction case, bond jumping, illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamines and failure to appear for non-support. Valure was on the run since April when his bond was revoked and an arrest warrant issued after he failed to show up for sentencing after pleading guilty to rape, attempted abduction and burglary in 2012.

He was wanted by multiple departments, including the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Wadsworth and Seville police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force followed leads throughout Ohio, West Virginia and South Dakota, according to U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, of the North District of Ohio. Valure was captured by officers responding to an anonymous tip.

“Our Task Force refused to give up on the chase of this violent sexual predator,” Elliott said. “They worked tirelessly with their counterparts in other states until a concerned citizen recognized his photo and notified the proper authorities.”

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force–Akron Division is a cooperative effort of federal, state and local agencies:

• Akron police;
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
• Barberton police;
• Bath Township police;
• Boston Heights police;
• Copley police;
• Cuyahoga Falls police;
• Doylestown police;
• FBI;
• Kent police;
• Lodi police;
• Medina County Prosecutor’s Office;
• Medina County Sheriff’s Office;
• New Franklin police;
• Northfield Village police;
• Norton police;
• Ohio Adult Parole Authority;
• Ohio Highway Patrol;
• Portage County Prosecutor’s Office;
• Portage County Sheriff’s Office;
• Ravenna police;
• Reminderville police;
• Stow police;
• Summit County Sheriff’s Office;
• Tallmadge police;
• Twinsburg police;
• U.S. Secret Service;
• University of Akron police;
• Windham police;
• U.S. Marshals Service.

Contact reporter David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or ­dknox@medina-gazette.com.