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Suspect sought in Elyria homicide; two already in custody (UPDATED)

Police are looking for 18-year-old Saint-Velle Pruitt, of East Cleveland, who they say is armed and dangerous in connection with the death of Willie M. Fisher.

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    Police believe Bruce Arnoff, left, hired John P. Sullivan, middle, and Saint-Velle Pruitt, right, to harm Willie Fisher, who was found shot to death Friday in Elyria.



Clarification: After this report was published, Saint-Velle Pruitt surrendered. Police say Pruitt was not involved in the death of Willie Fisher; another man, Patrick Gall, had been using Pruitt’s name. Gall was arrested Tuesday and Pruitt was cleared.

ELYRIA — Three men face charges in what police are saying was a plot to rough up another man, who subsequently died, according to a police news release.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday, Willie M. Fisher was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds next to the Convenient Food Mart at 1401 East Ave.

Police said they were responding to a report that someone had been shot behind the building. Fisher, 47, whose last known address was Lakewood, was found lying behind the building.


Police accuse Bruce Arnoff, of Solon, of hiring two men to seriously injure Willie M. Fisher, who was found dead Thursday.


According to the release, investigators determined that Bruce Arnoff, 56, of Solon, had contracted with two East Cleveland men to “cause serious physical harm” to Fisher. The release states Fisher worked as Arnoff’s handyman, and the two men’s profiles are friends on Facebook.

The release did not indicate the nature of the conflict between the men.

Arnoff was arrested Saturday by Elyria police and has been charged with murder. He is being held without bond at Lorain County Jail.

Arrest warrants have been issued for aggravated murder for John P. Sullivan, 29, and Saint-Velle Pruitt, 18, both of East Cleveland.

About 10 p.m. Friday, Brooklyn police stopped a 2003 BMW traveling east on Interstate 480 for speeding. The driver, identified as Sullivan, was operating on a suspended license, according to police. He also had an outstanding warrant through Maple Heights, police said, and he was taken into custody.

While taking inventory of Sullivan’s car, police found a handgun with a loaded magazine and additional ammunition in the glove box, according to the release.


John P Sullivan was arrested in a traffic stop in Brooklyn Thursday. Elyria police accuse him of being one of three men involved in the death of a man found behind a Convenient Food Mart in Elyria.


Sullivan is being held by Brooklyn police on weapons and speeding charges in connection with the traffic stop. He is expected to be brought to Elyria, according to the release.


Police accuse Saint-Velle Pruitt of being one of two men rough up a man who was found dead in Elyria Thursday. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.


 Pruitt, who was traveling with Sullivan at the time of his arrest by Brooklyn police, is still at large. Police consider Pruitt armed and dangerous and ask anyone who sees him to call (440) 323-3302.

Cuyahoga County court records show Arnoff was convicted of showing harmful materials to juveniles in 2006. He was later taken off the sexual predator registry in 2006. He also was given court-ordered psychiatric counseling after the 2005 initial charge.

Sullivan was convicted of a burglary charge in 2010 and vandalism in 2011, according to the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts.

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