Marshals find felon in dryer

Taemarr Walker

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A Warren man accused in several shootings and armed robberies during the past five years — and who was found in Detroit earlier this year and brought back to this area to face charges — was once again found by law enforcement, this time in an unusual place.

Taemarr Walker, 23, of Kenwood Drive S.W., was apprehended Wednesday by deputy U.S. Marshals at an Autumn Drive N.W. home after they found him hiding inside a clothes dryer. He is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on $1 million bond.

Reports say deputy marshals tried to arrest Walker on Saturday at 566 Woodbine Ave., the home of his girlfriend, Saddie Williams. Reports say Williams, 19, helped foil the arrest and Walker escaped.

Officers later learned Walker was at Williams’ friend’s home at 1373 Autumn Dr. N.W. Deputies noted they arrested the Vir’dez Evans there on June 8 on federal charges of having weapons as a felon. Evans’ girlfriend, Ashonta Gore, 26, is Williams’ friend.

Both Gore and Evans were arrested on obstructing justice charges, reports say. Williams was summonsed instead of arrested because she was caring for small children at the time.

Both repeatedly told officers Walker was not inside the building and refused to open the door. Reports say they yelled at officers after they broke down the door and searched the home. They eventually did a “secondary sweep” and removed clothes from the dryer revealing Walker’s red-sock clad feet.

When found, Walker said “It’s me, you got me,” reports say. Officers found 12 pills inside Walker’s sock.

In January, Walker was extradited from Detroit to Warren to face aggravated robbery charges for robbing the same man at gunpoint twice during a two-week span.

Walker was charged with aggravated robberies in both Warren and Niles for robberies reported within two weeks of each other in October. The charges carry a combined 22-year maximum prison sentence.

Records said Walker approached Miguel S. Sanchez, 25, of Berkshire Drive, at about 11 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Pit Stop gas station on Youngstown Road S.E. in Warren, pointed a gun at him, and stole $600 cash from Sanchez’s pocket.

On Oct. 25, Niles police said Walker robbed Sanchez at gunpoint while at the BP car wash on Youngstown Road S.E. Police said Walker stole Sanchez’s car, which was later found burned and abandoned in Warren. A Trumbull County grand jury rejected felony charges in that case.

According to reports, Walker was shot in 2009 after being ambushed by three men.

Less than three months later, Walker fought with Ahmaze King, 26, prompting a shootout. King was fatally shot in the head and Walker was shot in the stomach. Walker was originally charged with felonious assault but he later was indicted for carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and having weapons under court-ordered prohibition.

He was eventually sentenced to serve one year in prison.

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