CLEVELAND — A man who was wanted for the alleged beating and murder of the owner of a Cleveland landscaping business over a year ago has been located and arrested, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Larry Manno, 74, was found brutally beaten by his secretary at his Buckeye Road office in September 2019, officials said. His business had been ransacked. He died weeks later after the beating left him with critical injuries.
Manno was a fixture in the Cleveland community for decades, having operated Manno Landscaping for more than 30 years.
In December, 25-year-old Sedrick Hawkins was charged with aggravated murder for Manno’s death and a warrant was issued for Hawkins's arrest.
The investigation into Hawkins’s whereabouts was turned over to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, who followed up on numerous leads, conducted dozens of interviews featured Hawkins as the Fugitive of the Week twice over the last year, the release states.
On Monday, investigators followed up on a tip from the community and found Hawkins in the Kinsman neighborhood. He was arrested without incident in the 3100 block of East 99th Street.
"We always thought that this guy was still in the neighborhood," said Rob Render, a family friend of Manno. "We can all sleep a lot easier now that we know the killer is off the streets."
“The community members in the Buckeye neighborhood did an outstanding job assisting police with identifying the suspect in the tragic murder of Mr. Manno,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated. “The Cleveland Police and members of the NOVFTF never gave up on finding Mr. Manno’s killer. Anyone who commits crimes such as this in our community will be sought until they are arrested and brought before the justice system for their crimes.”