Valdosta police arrest fugitive wanted by Ohio police

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-13 16:16:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL)-- An Ohio man is in custody in the Lowndes County Jail, wanted by Ohio police for attempted murder.

Valdosta Police arrested 21-year-old Marlin Koonce, wanted for a number of charges, including attempted murder with a firearm, aggravated robbery with a firearm and having a firearm while under disability.

Officers say they found Koonce at a residence on the 600 block of Troup Street Saturday evening. They were called to the area for a domestic dispute, but after interviewing people inside the home, they realized something else was wrong. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress says officers searched media articles from computers inside their cars to find Koonce's real identity, which he originally lied about. Chief Childress says Koonce was in Valdosta because he knew someone living in the residence.

"This was a tremendous effort by a patrol supervisor and officers with the police department who conducted an internet search from their in-car computers, finding media articles to help determine the identity of Koonce, who initially lied about his identity. Their persistence paid off and ensured a violent offender from Ohio is off the streets of Valdosta," stated Chief Brian Childress.

Koonce is being held in the Lowndes County Jail without bond, pending extradition back to Ohio.