Andre Kevin Decosta

Andre Kevin Decosta

An 18-year-old man, considered a fugitive from justice in Ohio, was recently arrested in Baldwin County following a traffic stop, The Union-Recorder has learned.

The wanted man was identified as Andre Kevin Decosta, of Cedar Drive, University Heights, Ohio, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Youngblood.

A fugitive from justice warrant was served upon Decosta Dec. 21 by Youngblood.

Decosta was stopped on Dec. 20, by Georgia State Patrol Sgt. First Class Kevin Pope for speeding, driving without a license, no insurance, and driving a vehicle with a registration suspension.

Decosta was taken into custody for a person charged with a crime in another state, records show.

He later was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.

“On Dec. 21, 2021, I was provided information regarding a fugitive from justice from the state of Ohio,” Youngblood said in a report. “I was informed the fugitive, Andre Decosta, was currently in the Baldwin County Jail with a hold for Cuyahoga County, Ohio.”

Acosta was indicted by a grand jury in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in August 2020 on charges of vandalism, disrupting public services and aggravated riot.

Acosta allegedly damaged a Cleveland police department patrol vehicle, as well as video surveillance cameras at the Cleveland Justice Center.

He was one of 10 people indicted by grand jurors in connection with the May 30 riot in Cleveland.

The uprising in Cleveland came on the heels of nationwide protests in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd, who died while being placed in custody by police officers in Minneapolis, Minn.

Youngblood said he was provided a copy of the warrant by an official with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland, Ohio.

“The name, date of birth and social security number on the warrant match information provided to jail personnel when Decosta was booked into the Baldwin County Jail,” Youngblood said.

Extradition proceedings began a short time later.

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