U.S. Marshals and Akron police arrest 3 men for fatal beating of Akron teen at I Promise School
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three men wanted for the fatal beating of an Akron teen were arrested Saturday, according to the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
The task force and Akron Police worked together to arrest Deshawn Stafford, 20; Tyler Stafford, 19, and Donovon Jones, 21, all of Akron. The trio is accused murder and felonious assault in the fatal beating of Ethan Liming, 17, outside of the I Promise School in Akron on June 2, according to authorities.
The school is on West Market Street, near Crosby Street. Police found Liming unconscious in a parking lot near the basketball court.
Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said he was happy to report the news of the arrests, but he also is aware that another family has lost a loved one.
“We will continue to follow any leads that will result in bringing those responsible for Ethan’s death to justice,” Mylett said in a release. “While I believe the news of the arrests will be welcomed by Ethan’s family and loved ones, we all recognized that nothing will bring Ethan back. We are losing too many lives to senseless acts of violence.”
The altercation arose over a gel soft gun incident, police said. A gel soft gun shoots biodegradable water-filled beads that cause minimum pain. On the night of the beating, people who were in the vehicle with Liming shot at objects and people as they drove past.
The three men who were arrested drove to the court and approached Liming and his friends, who fired at them. A fight ensued, Ethan was knocked unconscious and brutally assaulted, police said.
Police do not believe the assault was racially motivated.
Ethan’s senseless and tragic death touched many in the Akron community, including the city’s mayor, Dan Horrigan.
“These arrests would not have been possible without the dedication of our Akron Police Department and their collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force,” Horrigan stated. “They have worked around the clock on this case and I thank them for their tireless efforts. My thoughts and prayers remain with the entire Liming family at this time.”
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said the agency will continue to provide all the necessary resources to help Akron Police combat crime, he said in the release.
“This crime impacted an entire community and we stand alongside the community in seeking justice for Ethan,” Elliott said.
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