A wanted Ohio man arrested in Valdosta over the weekend remains behind bars in the Lowndes County Jail Monday night awaiting extradition back to Ohio.
Valdosta Police arrested 21-year-old Marlin Koonce in the 600 block of Troup Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night when they responded to a domestic dispute call.
"During the course of investigating that, somethin' led them to believe there was somethin' suspicious about Mr. Koonce," explained Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "When they ran his name, found out he was wanted out of Ohio...what we do, once we got 'em, contacted of course the Ohio agency up there and let them know where he was at."
Koonce is currently wanted by the East Cleveland, Ohio Police Department for attempted murder with a firearm, 2 counts of felonious assault with a firearm, 2 counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm, 2 counts of robbery with a firearm, petty theft and having a firearm while under disability.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress made this comment on the arrest in a press release on Sunday:
"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 Childress.