Youngstown homicide suspect found, arrested in Minnesota after near 19-month search
A Youngstown homicide suspect has been found and arrested after a search that lasted nearly 19 months.
According to a press release from U.S. Marshals, authorities found and arrested 21-year-old Vashaud May in New Hope, Minnesota. May was wanted by the Youngstown Police Department for the killing of 24-year-old Rawsheem Aponte.
The crime occurred back in April of 2022 when May allegedly chased Aponte down while driving in the 3800 Block of Mohawk Avenue. Dozens of rounds were allegedly fired killing Aponte, as well as wounding two others including a toddler.
A warrant for May's arrest was issued a few weeks later.
Earlier this week, the FBI Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force gathered information that May had fled Ohio and was staying in Minnesota. He was found in an apartment on the 8300 Block of Bass Lake Road in New Hope near Minneapolis.
Authorities say May barricaded himself in the apartment at first, but eventually surrendered himself and was taken into custody without further incident.
"[May's] violent criminal actions affected not only Rawsheem Aponte and his family, but also the lives of many others, including those caught in the crossfire of this senseless violence," said FBI Cleveland Special Agent In Charge, Gregory Nelson.
May will remain in custody in Minnesota until he can be extradited back to Youngstown to answer to his charges.