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Arrest made in the case of Na'kia Crawford


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 02-09-2022

Akron, Ohio, February 9, 2022 — Last night, the U.S. Marshals Service and Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett announced that an arrest has been made in the murder case of Akron resident Na’kia Crawford who was killed on June 14, 2020, here in Akron. Adarus Black, 19, was taken into custody in Georgia by members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) along with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Sandy Springs Police Department’s SWAT Team.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has released the following statement:

"Na'kia Crawford's name is one that has remained on our minds since June of 2020 when her life was senselessly taken. Na'kia had her whole life ahead of her and her future was certainly bright. Her death sent shockwaves through our entire community, and I know I speak for the City when I say, we are grateful to see an arrest made in this case.

This arrest would not have been possible without the dedication of our Akron Police Department and their collaboration with a variety of law enforcement agencies across the nation. I'd specifically like to thank U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott and the U.S. Marshals Service, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Sandy Springs Police Department's SWAT Team for their collaboration and commitment to this case.

I hope that this arrest can lead to justice for Na'kia and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Crawford family at this time." 

Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett added:

“I know Na’kia’s loss has left an unfillable void in the hearts of the Crawford family and all those who love her. There are so many lives Na’kia touched in her short life that miss her every day. Her loss has impacted the entire Akron community. It was our commitment from the beginning to bring the person(s) responsible to account for their actions. I believe the arrest of the primary suspect yesterday delivered on that commitment. However, we will not be satisfied until a conviction is delivered for anyone who played a role in Na’kia’s death.”  

For further information, contact:
City of Akron Press Office
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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