FBI Cleveland
Special Agent Vicki D. Anderson
(216) 522-1400
August 19, 2016

Two Arrested in the Attempted Murder of a Woman in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, Northern District of Ohio, announces the arrests of Dezay Martell Ely, 27, and Raymond Moore, III, 27, both from Akron, Ohio.

Dezay Martell Ely was arrested on August 12, 2016 and charged by complaint with violations of attempted murder (18 U.S.C. 1113) and discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(iii)) on or about July 3, 2016.

Raymond Moore, III was arrested on August 18, 2016 and charged by complaint with aiding and abetting (18 U.S.C. 2) during the commission of offenses involving violations of attempted murder (18 U.S.C. 1113) and the discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(iii)) on or about July 3, 2016.

According to two complaints filed in the Northern District of Ohio federal court, on July 3, 2016, hikers discovered a female lying in an open field on the west side of Akron-Peninsula Road in Boston Township, Ohio. The female was transported to the hospital where it was determined she suffered three gunshot wounds to her head and face.

Investigation led to the identification of Dezay Martell Ely and Raymond Moore, III. The federal complaints state Ely and the female victim were picked up by Moore, and all three drove in Moore’s vehicle to the location so Ely could test fire a gun he purchased.

After arriving at the location, Moore stayed in the car while Ely and the female victim got out and walked around the corner, about 20-30 steps away from the vehicle. Ely shot the gun a of couple times before turning it on the female, shooting her three times in the head and face. After being shot, the female heard Ely run away and the car drive off.

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to Special Agent Donna Sullivan at the Cleveland Field Office of the FBI, (216) 522-1400 or donna.sullivan@ic.fbi.gov.