Tuscaloosa rape and murder suspect found in Cleveland, Ohio

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Police in Tuscaloosa say a man charged with raping two women, leaving one dead at an apartment in Tuscaloosa, has turned himself in to police in Ohio.

Capt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, says 30-year-old Ellis Lamont Patton hitched a ride from Florida to Cleveland, where he turned himself in to Cleveland State University police working a traffic accident.

Investigators believe Patton raped and strangled 46-year-old Angela Quick Lavender at her apartment on Oct. 26 before raping her 32-year-old friend staying at the apartment.

Patton is charged with capital murder, rape, sodomy and kidnapping.

Authorities say Patton went to Florida before going to Ohio, where he turned himself in on Saturday.

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