New Phila OSP Troopers Apprehend Homicide Suspect

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Mary Alice Reporting:

(Thursday, June 14th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A suspect in a Belmont County homicide thought to escape from police but was captured by troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s New Philadelphia Post.

The traffic stop occurred Thursday morning after Tuscarawas County law enforcement received a “be on the lookout” notice.

New Phila Post Sergeant Edward Franke explains that around 5:30am there was an incident involving shots fired in the Belmont County area prompting OSP’s St. Clairsville post, Belmont Sheriff’s Office, and Bridgeport police to respond.

“They found a woman that was deceased in a driveway and they received information that a vehicle had left the scene. They were able to obtain that vehicle information [and from that] they were able to obtain the owners’ information and a cell phone number.”

The cell phone pinged on U.S. 250 heading toward the Tuscarawas County area. Local police received a BOLO for a 2008 maroon GMC Yukon around 7am.

“Troopers located the vehicle on I-77 northbound around the 82-mile marker and as they pulled in behind the vehicle, before they could activate the emergency lights, the vehicle pulled off to the side of the road. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”

The suspect, 36-year-old Rudolph Galberth Jr., was released to Bridgeport Police and the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit.

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