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Fugitive charged with 2022 killing of Rawsheem Aponte is arrested near Minneapolis

YOUNGSTOWN — The U.S. Marshals Service and FBI arrested Vashaud D. May, 21, on Wednesday night near Minneapolis in the April 26, 2022, shooting death of Rawsheem Aponte, 24, on Mohawk Avenue on Youngstown’s South Side.

May was charged with Aponte’s killing April 29, 2022, in Youngstown Municipal Court. If convicted, May could get 15 years to life in prison. It’s unclear how long it will be until May will be back in Mahoning County to be arraigned.

On April 26, 2022, Youngstown police were called just before 5:30 p.m. to the 3800 block of Mohawk Avenue, where they found a chaotic scene involving a gray Chevrolet Camaro with three victims inside, Youngstown police said at the time.

Police performed life-saving measures on a woman, 23, who was shot in the leg. Her daughter, 3, was grazed on the leg by a bullet. Aponte was killed. Police estimated that at least 50 shots were fired.

According to a Thursday news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, May “chased down” Aponte on Mohawk Avenue.

Earlier this week, the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force gathered information that May had fled from Ohio and was staying near Minneapolis, the Marshals Service news release states. The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force worked with its counterparts in Minneapolis over the past few days, and May was located Wednesday at an apartment in New Hope, Minnesota. Initially, May refused to comply with officers and barricaded himself in the apartment. However, he eventually surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.

“We applaud the collaborative work of our federal, state and local partners who worked diligently to identify and find Vashaud May,” FBI Cleveland Special Agent in Charge Gregory Nelsen said. “His violent criminal actions affected not only Rawsheem Aponte and his family, but also the lives of many others, including those caught in the crossfire of this senseless violence.”

May will remain in custody in Minnesota until he can be extradited back to Youngstown.

U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott of the Northern District of Ohio stated, “Fugitives think they can run and hide, and no one will find them. They don’t realize that law enforcement doesn’t give up. They will be found, arrested and brought to justice for the crimes they commit and the devastation they bring to our communities.”

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