A Cleveland, OH man was captured by Cleveland Police on Saturday afternoon. The suspect identified as 50 year old Anthony Sowell of Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood on the city’s southeast side.
Police went to the home Thursday on 12200 block of Imperial Ave to serve Sowell a warrant for felonious assault and rape; and discovered a freshly dug grave with two bodies that have been decomposing for a while. Sowell was not there.
On Friday afternoon, Cleveland police discovered another grave this time in the basement at 12205 Imperial Ave. The bodies of two women were discovered.
Later Friday evening police found two more bodes on the second floor of the home. The police discovered a second grave in the backyard with a body buried making a total of 6 bodies found in the home.
A person walked in the city 4th District police station and said a person that fit the description of Sowell was walking on Manor Ave. The police sent patrol officer to arrest the suspect said Cleveland Police Chief Michael Mc Grath.
While arrested Sowell admitted that he was the person of interest while being fingerprinted. The police had task force of 100 officer searching for Sowell.
Cleveland Police said two of the bodies of black women they not yet been identified. The other bodies haven’t been identified either.
The Cuyhoga County coroner’s office is working to establish the gender , race and age of the deceased and the cause of death.
The police attempted to serve a warrant on Sowell in regard to September 26th assault on a woman. In this case he met a woman and invited her to his home. There she was punched, choke and raped.
Cleveland Police investigated the case and attempted to arrest Sowell on Thursday.
Sowell had served 15 years in prison because of a rape conviction. He is a registered sex offender.
Crimestoppers offered of reward of $2,000. While the U.S. Marshall had $10,000 reward for the information on Sowell whereabouts.
“He’s at the top of our list,” says Drew Deserto, Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal. “Our guys are going non-stop now since this case was referred to us.”
“This is the type of guy that this Task Force was created for,” Deserto tells WKYC.
A neighbor of Sowell admitted to picking up the man from his sister’s home and was taking him home . When they saw the police barricade he had her to let him out of the car. Then Sowell left on foot.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, express sorrow and remorse fo the victim’s families and gave kudos to the police in finding Sowell from the tips by the public at large.
“This will help bring justice to the families,” he said. “I was confident the public would help.”
Neighbors wondered about the bodies found in the home. A relative of Nancy Cobbs a missing woman from the area.
“I just need to know if it’s her,” sobbed Kyana Hunt, Cobbs’ daughter, who said her was missing since April 23rd. Hunt was passing out flyers in the neighborhood.
Another relative of Cobbs, Denise Patton said, “When we heard about something like this so close to him, we kind of figure that’s it. That’s my worst fear.” “She (Cobbs) only lived one street away and no one has heard from her, and that’s not like her.”
Sowell was livng with is stepmother, aunt and uncle. The home has been in the Sowell family for many years according to his older brother Allen, 66 ,of Cleveland Heights,OH. Allen Sowell said he had not been in touch with his brother since Anthony went to prison in 1990.
Anthony Sowell rented the top floor from their stepmother, Segerna Sowell, after leaving prison. Soon afterwards Mrs. Sowell complained of Anthony’s drug use and non-payment of rent because he says that he shouldn’t pay rent because father owned the house.
Allen Sowell last seen his stepmother at cookout in 2008. He had talked their stepmother several times after that and said she told him that she was filing papers on Anthony to evict him. That was the last time Allen talk to their step mom. He has tried to contact her. Neighbors said Mrs. Sowell is living in a nursing home.
Now Allen fears the worst.
“She would be calling me,” he said. “That’s not happening, and that worries me.”
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