U.S. Marshals Service Major Case Fugitive, Lorain Dollarama Armed Robbery Suspect, Located in Florida Prison Under an Alias

Cleveland, OH – On August 14, 2008, The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force located Eliezer Caraballo in Orange County Jail in Orlando, FL after an anonymous tipster advised that he was in jail under an alias. Investigators got on line and plowed through hundreds of photos until they found Caraballo. Caraballo was using the name Geraldo Ortiz and was arrested on June 20, 2008 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Caraballo was the subject of a 4-state man hunt which began January 2008 when he fled Lorain, Ohio via Greyhound en route to the south. Caraballo was featured on America’s Most Wanted internet page where tips led investigators to Orlando, FL.

Caraballo was wanted by the Lorain Police Department, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Elyria Police Department for Aggravated Robbery, Forgery and Theft. He also has four separate outstanding warrants for theft, robbery with a deadly weapon, dangerous ordinance and burglary.

Caraballo is suspected of using a butcher knife to rob a clerk at the Dollarama Plus Store, 3226 Oberlin Ave., in Lorain, Ohio the afternoon of January 9, 2008. Caraballo was convicted of robbery and petty theft in 2002, and he was awaiting trial for charges of robbery, burglary and obstructing official business when he failed to appear in Lorain County Common Pleas Court in November 2008.