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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Columbus Homicide Suspect Apprehended in Galion

The Galion Police Department, with the assistance of the Crawford County Special Response Team and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended a homicide suspect from Columbus, Ohio.

At approximately 7:30 pm, our department received an anonymous tip that Roshon Cummberland was staying in an apartment in Galion. Officers were able to get a positive identification from a photo of the suspect and determined that he was last seen at 430 Libby Lane, Apartment 2, Galion, Ohio.

The Crawford County SRT was activated to attempt to apprehend the suspect. Law enforcement was able to get residents in adjacent apartments relocated before trying to approach the suspected apartment. Attempts to get anyone from inside the apartment to come to the door were initially unsuccessful. The resident of the apartment, Lashaunda Pankey, eventually came to the door. She and her 9 month-old child were removed from the apartment prior to officers searching the apartment.

The SRT team did not locate Mr. Cummberland inside the apartment, but found evidence that he may have crawled into the attic space. Officers were able to determine that he was in fact hiding in the attic and were able to apprehend him while he was in the attic.

During the course of apprehending the suspect in the attic, one of the SRT members fell through the upstairs ceiling. He was transported from the scene by Galion Fire and EMS to Avita Health System - Galion Hospital. He was being treated for non-life threatening injuries at the time of this release.

“Our officers did an outstanding job of confirming the information that was given to them regarding a violent offender. The County Special Response Team once again completed a successful mission, apprehending this suspect. I could not be more proud of our officers and the entire SRT Team.”

Roshan Cumbberland, age 37, was transported to the Crawford County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Columbus on the homicide warrant.

Lashaunda Pankey, age 26, was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice. She was transported to the Crawford County Jail pending filing of formal charges by the Crawford County Prosecutor. Her child was placed in the custody of Crawford County Children’s Services.

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