'In Pursuit with John Walsh' Fugitive Adarus Black Behind Bars In Georgia
Adarus Black was wanted for an alleged murder in Ohio from 2020. He was taken into custody on February 8, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.
On February 8, 2022, investigators in Georgia confirmed Adarus Black was arrested and taken into custody. Black was tracked down after a tip was called into authorities in Ohio. The specific information led the US Marshals and local police to an apartment building in Atlanta, GA. Not long after Black was observed leaving the buidling, he was apprehended at a traffic stop, according to officials.
The Akron Police confirm Black was in possession of an AR type rifle during his arrest. Currently he is behind bars at the Fulton County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing. The case dates back 19 months ago.
On June 14, 2020, investigators say 18-year-old Na'Kia Crawford was spending time with her grandmother in Akron, OH. The pair were running errands when gunfire rang out. The bullets struck Na'Kia's vehicle as the pair were at a stoplight.
Na'Kia was found badly injured. When police arrived on the scene, Na'Kia's grandmother was able to tell authorities a car pulled up next to them just before gunfire erupted.
Detectives scoured the area and were able to find video which led them down the path of a possible suspect vehicle - a black Chevy Camaro. According to the video, it appeared the gunshots were fired from the passenger side of that vehicle toward Na’Kia. There were many questions that needed to be answered. Was there a fight of some sort? Could this have been road rage? Did Na'Kia know the gunman?
With the help of witnesses and through an intense investigation, detectives were led to a young teen named Adarus Black. Within days an arrest warrant was issued, but Black was nowhere to be found. U.S. Marshals and investigators executed a search warrant at his home. Black left a rifle and rounds of ammunition behind, and he was long gone. Black had at least a four day head start.
Detectives said they tried to find a connection of any sort between Na'Kia and Black, but from everything they learned, the suspect and the victim did not know one another. According to investigators it seems the alleged murder may have been a case of mistaken identity. Black was apparently trying to find a different white Malibu, the car Na'Kia and her grandmother were in.
Lisette Williams, Na'Kia's mom, told IN PURSUIT, "I feel lost and I don't sleep much at night. I am suffering, still trying to get to the next day. She was just such a bright person and he took all of that away from me and my family. He stole my everything from me. My life will never be the same."
Pete Elliott with the United States Marshals Service concluded, "Members of the task force and the Akron Police Department never gave up on this case. They knew that this suspect couldn't hide forever and we knew we would have him in custody. This arrest will not bring Ms. Crawford back to her family but hopefully they find some peace this suspect is behind bars."
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