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Fugitive of the week wanted for shooting caught

Posted at 6:52 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 18:52:42-04

On Wednesday around  8 p.m., Nicholas Latorre, 20, was arrested in Amherst, according to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities said Latorre was wanted for a felonious assault shooting ,which took place about a month ago. 

The Lorain Division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has been looking for Latorre since the shooting.

Wednesday evening, patrol officers stopped the vehicle Latorre was riding near State Route 2 and Baumhart Road in Amherst.  During a search of the vehicle, Latorre was found attempting to hide under a blanket in the back of the vehicle. His identity was immediately known to the officer due to a media release on the Fugitive of the Week distributed just a few hours earlier.

Even though within seconds the officer recognized Latorre, authorities said, he attempted to lie about his identity and gave the officer a fake name. Latorre was then arrested. According to Amherst police, Latorre was found to have suspected heroin and marijuana.  

Amherst Chief of Police Joseph Kucirek added, “This is exactly why communication and cooperation among local, state and federal agencies is vitally important for the safety of officers and the public. The U.S. Marshal's Office disseminated this information, along with a photograph, and that information filtered down to the street level patrol officers and quickly led to the recognition and arrest of this fugitive.”