A suspect in the murder of a 24-year-old woman in Lorain County, Ohio has been apprehended by police after apparently being on the run for several months following the murder.
Sheffield Village Police Lt. Aaron Bober said Saturday that James Kimbrough III was captured and taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. ET, according to a report from Cleveland 19 News. Sheffield Village is about 25 miles from Cleveland.
Kimbrough, 34, is suspected in the murder of Milenna Lopez, 24, which took place in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on Detroit Road on January 6, 2022.
Lopez, who was a McDonald’s employee and Kimbrough’s ex-girlfriend, was fatally shot when someone in a black Chevrolet Impala opened fire on her while she was in her white SUV.
Other McDonald’s employees tried to help Lopez, but she died of her injuries. She was a mother of four and had recently been promoted to general manager, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.
Authorities searched for Kimbrough who eluded police and US Marshals for months. The U.S. Marshal Service’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force was involved in the search.
Bober said Kimbrough had been hiding in an abandoned apartment in Lorain for several weeks when he was apprehended on Saturday.
Sheffield Village Police previously charged Kimbrough with aggravated murder stemming from Lopez’s murder. U.S. Marshals also said Kimbrough was a suspect in at least two other shootings in the county.
While several law enforcement agencies were looking for information on Kimbrough’s whereabouts, local serf Tony Horn of TBonds was also looking for him, according to The morning newspaper.
TBonds offered a cash reward of $25,000 to track down Kimbrough, who had become one of the area’s most wanted fugitives. The company had previously released Kimbrough from prison in September 2021 when he was incarcerated for domestic violence. Kimbrough had not paid his debt to the surety company, Horn said.
On March 26, Horn said, “I’m going to keep setting traps until I find him.”
“I know he’s alive. He’s just on the run,” Horn said at the time, but added, “He’s armed and dangerous.”
Horn reportedly told Sheffield Village Police he had received information about Kimbrough’s whereabouts, but it is not yet clear whether any information submitted led to his capture.
Milenna Lopez’s mother, Jessica Mojica, said The Chronicle-Telegram on February 12, she wanted Kimbrough brought to justice and accused him of molesting her daughter. She told the newspaper that she feared Kimbrough may have traveled to another part of Ohio or fled the state.
“I need justice. It’s very devastating for me, for his siblings, for his children,” Mojica said.
Newsweek contacted Sheffield Village Police.