Tuscarawas County, Ohio (WJER) - Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve located a 36-year-old Dover man who had been on the run ahead of his trial for his alleged role in a December robbery-turned-shooting near Newcomerstown.
Ian Cultrona was reported missing by his probation officer Wednesday, which triggered a nationwide warrant for his arrest. Detective Sgt. Phil Valdez says they received an anonymous tip that Cultrona was in Pennsylvania. He says from there, they were able to narrow down their search to New Brighton, about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh.
“We contacted New Brighton Police Department and the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office. They were able to go to a residence that they were familiar with, make contact. They were able to take Ian Cultrona into custody without any incident,” he says.
Valdez says now they will work to get him transferred back to Tuscarawas County, where he will be held without bail until his next court hearing.
“What he’ll do is he’ll sit there in Pennsylvania and wait for an extradition hearing. If he waived the extradition hearing, we can just go pick him up and bring him back to our county,” he explains.
Cultrona was released on his own recognizance ahead of his trial and ordered to wear an ankle monitor, which was removed sometime before he fled earlier in the week.