PIQUA — A teenager who was the most hunted fugitive from Lima was captured Saturday afternoon after he made one last desperate attempt to flee across Interstate 75 and into a wooded area.
Lima Police Department officers, with the help of state troopers, captured 16-year-old Albert A. McDowell about 1:30 p.m. after he darted across the interstate and tried to run into the woods behind a rest stop at the 80-mile marker on I-75 south.
Sgt. David Robison of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post said troopers received a call from the Lima Police Department’s Task Force, which had officers tailing the suspect in an unmarked vehicle. Robison said troopers Russ Davis and Anthony Guajardo made the traffic stop, which led to McDowell attempting to flee. He was apprehended behind the rest area by four members of the task force and taken into custody without further incident, Robison said.
The Lima Police Department had dedicated a lot of resources toward tracking, locating and capturing McDowell, who was considered very dangerous. He is the chief suspect in the killing of 19-year-old Da’Veon Petaway on March 7 at a convenience store. Officials said Petaway, who was shot once in the abdomen, used his last dying breath to identify McDowell as the shooter.
McDowell was expected to appear in Allen County Juvenile Court sometime Monday for a detention hearing.
McDowell also may be linked to another murder, a detective said.
Detective Steve Stechschulte of the Lima Police Department said investigators have “concrete evidence” linking McDowell to the shooting of Petaway. Stechschulte described McDowell as a “primary participant” in the Petaway shooting and the slaying of Petaway’s brother, Khylil Florence, in January 2015. Another teen, Damere Crockett, 17, was convicted in that slaying and sentenced to 12 years in prison, but investigators believe McDowell also was involved.
Two weeks ago, police, the sheriff and Crime Stoppers held a news conference offering $1,000 for information leading to McDowell’s arrest. Authorities described him as a dangerous man.
Reach Greg Sowinski at (567) 242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski. Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this story. She can be reached at (937) 451-3341 or [email protected]