Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Stanley Kevin Anthony, 58 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cleveland, OH
Shawn T. Armstead, 34 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Allan Nemar Austin Jr., 39 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Alvin Banks, 56 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Thomas Earl Blackwell, 43 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Johany M. Boykins, 31 Dogfighting - 8 pitbulls seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Columbus, OH
Christopher D. Bufford, 29 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Warren, OH
Stephen L. Carrison, 38 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Avon, OH
Karen Ann Crosby, 58 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Carlton Davis, 41 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Gary, IN
Daniel Edward, 50 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Charles Granberry, 38 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Columbus, OH
Royce A. Green, 29 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Warren, OH
Mahr Hameed, 44 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Warren, OH
Anthony L. Harris, 41 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Gary, IN
Thomas J. Harrison, 39 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cleveland, OH
Donnell Higginbotham, 35 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Pittsburgh, OH
Robbie A. Hollis, 51 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Reshard L. Jackson, 34 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Martin E. Jones, 54 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Renard Jones, 47 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Malik L. Knox, 35 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Canton, OH
Arthur C. McCall, 38 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Elyria, OH
Angelo McCoy, 43 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cleveland, OH
Mack McCraw Jr., 32 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Mark Terrell McCraw, 29 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Hesperia, CA
Antonio Mitchell, 51 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Samuel G. Mobley, 37 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Gastonia, NC
Darius D. Muse, 24 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Victorville, CA
Barry Philpat, 56 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cleveland, OH
Curtis James Rhoden, 39 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Che Marcellin Riggins, 38 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Columbus, OH
Timothy Noel Robertson, 41 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Barberton, OH
Charles Eugene Roderick, 40 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Ryan A. Sadler, 32 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Gastonia, NC
Darius D. Spear, 29 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Eric Ray Shephard, 38 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Kevin L. Taylor, 42 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Dashawn Marquice Tomlin, 23 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Tommy L. Walker, 60 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 East Chicago, IN
Charles Mills Williams, 42 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014  
Darren Demone Williams, 40 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Warren, OH
Marcus E. Wilson, 32 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Cleveland, OH
Tyrell A. Wooden, 23 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Columbus, OH
Maurice Wynn, 44 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Bedford Heights, OH
Maurice Lizell Wynn, 25 Dogfighting - 8 dogs seized, 2 found dead

Akron, OH

Summit County

November 15, 2014 Warrensville Heights, OH
Robbie A. Hollis, 53(1) Dogfighting - 6 pitbulls & 1 German Shepherd mix seized

Akron, OH

Summit County

December 24, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Felony (1)Misdemeanor illegal gambling & drugs 14 pitbulls, 1 German Shepherd mix Convicted Akron Municipal Court; Summit County common pleas court

As people dined on hot dogs and barbecued ribs purchased at a concession stand set up in the backyard of a West Akron home, two dogs were ripping each other apart in a garage on the property. Local police contend the home was operating illegal dogfights.

A concession stand was set up for a dogfight, police said. Photo courtesy of Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

More than 100 officers from the Akron Police Department, the U.S. Marshal's Office and FBI converged on the property, in the 1100 block of Cordova Avenue, about 11 pm. on Saturday, November 15th, said Lt. Rick Edwards, public information officer for Akron police. Summit County SWAT responded with a mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.

"The dogs were in a 16-by-16-square-foot dog pen inside a two-car garage," said Edwards, who was at the home when authorities executed a search warrant. "There was walking room all around the pens, and the ground was carpeted. It was set up for betting. The walls had blood splatters, and there were bloody [electric] prodders to get the dogs to fight," said Edwards. "This tells you this wasn't something that only happened once."

Authorities arrested 47 people, charged each with single counts of fourth-degree felony dogfighting and booked them into the Summit County Jail, Edwards said.

Additional charges are possible.

Acting on a tip, Edwards said, police have been investigating alleged illegal activity on the property for "probably a year." Police received another tip a month ago and began conducting surveillance at the site, waiting for another event.

Authorities seized $52,000 and 11 vehicles belonging to people from "Pittsburgh to North Carolina to Indiana," Edwards said. They also dismantled a small marijuana-growing operation inside the home, which is owned by Alvin Banks, 56, who was among the 47 charged with dogfighting.

Several vehicles were seized during the investigation, several of which had dog cages built into them. Photo courtesy of Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

This area was used to wash dogs off after fights, police said. Photo courtesy of Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

After the property was secured, veteran Humane Society Officers Tim Hanlon and Shannon O'Herron were called to assist the animals. It's the first time they have witnessed alleged illegal activity of such magnitude, they said. "It's very unique we were all there when this was going on," O'Herron said Usually, humane officers base their suspicions of illegal dogfighting on the physical conditions of the dogs they see, sometimes days after events occur, she said. And, Hanlon said, they generally hear of much smaller operations. "It's not organized like this was," he said.

The agency hears rumors about dog-fighting rings but almost never gets first-hand information that makes it possible to prosecute those involved, said Karen Hackenberry, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Akron. "The truth is, dogfighting is hard to prove because you actually almost have to see it in action," she said.

Authorities pulled together quickly Saturday night to make the bust, Hanlon said. "It was a good night. Everything went as smoothly as I could have asked for," he said as he prepared official reports detailing what he termed a "well-orchestrated" bust.

The humane officers rescued eight pitbulls, or pitbull mixed dogs, from the site. Two were bleeding from fresh wounds, Hanlon said, and another showed scars from previous fights. Two animals were fighting when authorities arrived. They had to be taken to a local veterinary hospital for medical attention for wounds. Five others were removed from vehicles at the scene, Hanlon said. One dog was removed from one of several 6-foot-high chain-link cages in the backyard of the property, Edwards said.

All of the animals were being sheltered at the Humane Society's facility in Twinsburg Township, said Hackenberry, who called the bust a "major incident."

One of eight pitbulls rescued. Photo courtesy of Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

"Under Ohio law, it is illegal to promote or to engage in dogfighting, to charge admission to dogfights, or to posses, train or sell dogs for fighting," Hackenberry said, while also noting that it is a fourth-degree felony just to watch a dogfight.

Despite the lacerations the dogs who were fighting suffered, all eight are in good shape physically and are very friendly, O'Herron said. "A couple of them are shy and frightened, but they are very approaching of people and very good-natured," she said.

The dogs will stay at the shelter until they can be considered abandoned, become the property of the HSGA and can be put up for adoption, Hackenberry said. She does not expect anyone to step up any time soon to claim them.

"Dogfighting is a brutal crime that exploits helpless animals for profit, but it feeds on a larger criminal culture beyond just dogfighting and illegal gambling," she said.

The 47 people charged are:
Stanley Kevin Anthony, 58, of East 171st Street, Cleveland, OH
Shawn T. Armstead, 34, of Seventh Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Allan Nemar Austin Jr., 39, of Vernon Odom Boulevard, Akron, OH
Alvin Banks, 56, of Cordova Avenue, Akron, OH
Thomas Earl Blackwell, 43, of Storer Avenue, Akron, OH
Johany M. Boykins, 31, of Enderly Drive, Columbus.
Christopher D. Bufford, 29, of Southern Boulevard, Warren, OH
Stephen L. Carrison, 38, of Woodfield Court, Avon, OH
Karen Ann Crosby, 58, of Cordova Avenue, Akron, OH
Carlton Davis, 41, of Oklahoma Street, Gary, IN
Daniel Edward, 50, of Pickle Road, Akron, OH
Charles Granberry, 38, of Eden Creek Lane, Columbus, OH
Royce A. Green, 29, of Seventh Street, Warren, OH
Mahr Hameed, 44, of Madison Avenue, Warren, OH
Anthony L. Harris, 41, of Polk Street, Gary, IN
Thomas J. Harrison, 39, of Colgate Street, Cleveland, OH
Donnell Higginbotham, 35, of Hermitage Street, Pittsburgh, OH
Robbie A. Hollis, 51, of Springdale Street, Akron, OH
Reshard Lewis Jackson, 34, of Malacca Street, Akron, OH
Martin E. Jones, 54, of Parkgate Avenue, Akron, OH
Renard Jones, 47, of St. Clair Street, Akron, OH
Malik L. Knox, 35, of Georgetown Road Northeast, Canton, OH
Arthur C. McCall, 38, of Morgan Avenue, Elyria, OH
Angelo McCoy, 43, of East 46th Street, Cleveland, OH
Mack McCraw Jr., 32, of Plum Street, Akron, OH
Mark Terrell McCraw, 29, of Palm Street, Hesperia, CA
Antonio Mitchell, 51, of Manchester Road, Akron, OH
Samuel G. Mobley, 37, of East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC
Corey B. Moorefield, 44, of Frankwood Road, Pittsburgh, PA
Darius D. Muse, 24, of West Branch Way, Victorville, CA
Barry Philpat, 56, of East 142nd Street, Cleveland, OH
Curtis James. Rhoden, 39, of Laurel Avenue, Akron, OH
Che Marcellino Riggins, 38, of Holburn Street, Columbus, OH
Timothy Noel Robertson, 41, of Crocus Place, Barberton, OH
Charles Eugene Roderick, 40, of Blaine Avenue, Akron, OH
Ryan Anthony Sadler, 32, of East Davidson Avenue, Gastonia, NC
Darius D. Spear, 29, of Chinook Avenue, Akron, OH
Eric Ray Shephard, 38, of Hartford Avenue, Akron, OH
Kevin L. Taylor, 42, of Eureka Avenue, Akron, OH
Dashawn Marquice Tomlin, 23, of Howe Street, Akron, OH
Tommy L. Walker, 60, of Drummond Street, East Chicago, IN
Charles Mills. Williams, 42, of Palmetto Avenue, Akron, OH
Darren Demone Williams, 40, of Austin Avenue, Warren, OH
Marcus E. Wilson, 32, of Pear Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Tyrell A. Wooden, 23, of Appianway West, Columbus, OH
Maurice Wynn, 44, of Turney Road, Bedford Heights, OH
and Maurice Lizell Wynn, 25, of Grenada Boulevard, Warrensville Heights, OH

Update 11/21/14: Authorities in northeast Ohio say they've found more dogs believed to be part of an alleged dogfighting ring uncovered during a police raid. The officers found six wounded dogs and two dead ones in an abandoned Akron garage.

The dogs were discovered several days after 47 people were arrested and charged when authorities say they raided a dogfight Saturday night in Akron. Humane officers initially rescued eight dogs following the police raid.

Officials say they found the additional dogs while responding to a report of an open door at a vacant house. Two dogs were running loose in the garage and four were caged and sitting in their own waste. Officials say the two dead dogs found Tuesday had wounds consistent with dogfighting.

Update 12/17/14: Ten people were indicted for their alleged involvement in a dogfighting ring in Akron.

A federal grand jury returned indictments against the accused ringleaders of a nationwide dogfighting ring busted in November by Akron police.

Alvin Banks of Akron and Mark McCraw of Hersporia, California face charges of sponsoring and exhibiting a canine in an animal fighting venture, as well as buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting canines for participation in an animal fighting venture. Banks and McCraw were also indicted, along with eight others on charges of attending a dog-fighting venture. The Department of Justice said officers also found two “break sticks,” which are used to pry dogs’ mouths open after a fight. They also seized firearms, drugs and more than $52,000 in cash.

Alvin Banks Photo Courtesy of the Akron Police Department

The others include: Carlton Davis and Anthony Harris of Gary, Indiana; Donell Higginbotham and Corey Moorefield of Pittsburgh; Samuel Mobley and Ryan Sadler of Gastonia, North Carolina; Darius Muse of Victorville, California and Tommy Walker of East Chicago, Indiana.

Banks, also known as Butch, who is a convicted felon, organized the dogfights broken up by police, sheriff's deputies and federal agents on November 15th, 2014 at Banks' home in the 1100 block of Cordova Avenue, according to investigators. Akron police said at the time it appeared dogfights occurred regularly at the home.

Banks also faces federal charges for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, possession with intent to manufacture and distribute less than 50 marijuana plants or less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Forty-seven people were arrested when police raided the dogfight. The other defendants are expected to face charges in Summit County common pleas court.

Criminal Background: In January 1992, Summit County sheriff's detectives arrested Alvin Banks, then 33 on charges of complicity to receive drugs.

Banks was arrested when he tried to pick up a shipment of 15 pounds of marijuana that had been sent to him by someone in Arkansas, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Detectives were alerted by police in Arkansas, who intercepted the luggage and the person who allegedly sent it. After the arrest in Arkanas, the suitcase was placed on the bus, empty.

The sheriff's office said drug charges are pending against Banks in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas relating to an ongoing operation to smuggle marijuana into Akron.

Akron Municipal Judge Carla Moore set Banks' bond at $250,000.

In April 1994 after a six-month investigation by the FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Caribbean Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrests of 17 Cleveland area residents, including two from Akron.

All were charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Akron residents arrested were Alvin Banks, 35, of Cordova Avenue and Antonio Mitchell, 31, of North Martha Avenue.

Fifteen marijuana plants were found inside the home, police say. Photo courtesy of Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

The following were indicted:
Alvin Banks, 56, of Akron
Carlton Davis, 41, of Gary, IN
Anthony L. Harris, 41, of Gary, IN
Donell Higginbotham, 35, of Pittsburgh
Mark Terrell McCraw, 29, of Hersporia, CA
Samuel G. Mobley, 38, of Gastonia, NC
Corey B. Moorefield, 45, Pittsburgh
Darius D. Muse, 24, of Victorville, CA
Ryan A. Sadler, 32, of Gastonia, NC
Tommy L. Walker, 60, of East Chicago, IN

Update 1/1/15: An Akron man arrested in November in connection with a suspected dog-fighting ring was arrested again Christmas Eve when police and humane officers raided his home. The officers said they found six dogs in poor physical shape and living in unsanitary conditions.

Robbie A. Hollis, 53, was charged in Akron Municipal Court with six counts of animal cruelty after officers executed a search warrant at his home in the 800 block of Springdale Street.

Humane Society of Greater Akron Officers Shannon O'Herron and Tim Harland accompanied police to the home on December 24th, 2015. They said they found five pitbull dogs and a German shepherd-mix dog living outdoors without access to food or fresh water. "They had dirty water, medical issues and some were emaciated," Harland said. All of the dogs were kept outside, but the pitbulls were living in a private, fenced-in area and could not be viewed from the road, he said. The shelter had automatic feeders where the emaciated animals were supposed to be fed through trap doors. "None of the boxes had food in them," Harland said.

At least three of the dogs had sores on their bodies and needed veterinary care, he said. Officers who raided the home were acting on a warrant that visiting Judge Michael McNulty had signed.

Agents removed contraband normally associated with dogfighting, such as a treadmill, harnesses and pieces of hide, Harland said. "There were various over-the-counter veterinary medications," he said, including a supplement for building muscles in animals.

Hollis pleaded not guilty to one count of felony dogfighting in Summit County Common Pleas Court for the November 15th, 2014 dogfighting case.

The new charges are considered second-degree misdemeanors.

As many as 10 people are facing federal charges stemming from the November raid, Harland said.

Update 4/13/15: Banks plead guilty to sponsoring and exhibiting a canine in an animal-fighting venture, as well as buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting canines and attending an animal fight. He also pleaded to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to manufacture and distribute less than 50 marijuana plants, charges stemming from what authorities said they found when they descended upon a dogfight in November.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors and defense attorneys will likely recommend a prison sentence of between 2 and 2 1/2 years. U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan will sentence Banks on June 30.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Barr said that of the eight pitbulls or pitbull mixes seized that day, one has been euthanized.


Another of the dogs seized from the Akron Raid.
Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Greater Akron

Banks, who is in the U.S. Marshals' custody while his case is pending, said little more than "yes" while Gaughan took his plea.

Fellow organizer Mark McCraw, of Hersporia, California, pleaded guilty to federal charges March 31. Eight spectators charged in federal court have also pleaded guilty.

Summit County Prosecutor's spokesman James Pollack said the cases for those charged in common pleas court are still pending.

Reference;

Akron Beacon Journal Northeast Ohio Media Group
fox 8 Cleveland.com
The Plain Dealer Humane Society of Greater Akron
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