SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Two men wanted for murder in Ohio were arrested in Spartanburg County Monday afternoon.

According to the Sandusky Police Department, in Sandusky, Ohio, investigators had reason to believe that at least one, possibly both of their suspects, were in South Carolina. That is when they reached out to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

“The real reason we were starting to look in South Carolina was more for Maleek Aaron,” said Lt. Scott Dahlgren, Sandusky Police Department.

According to the sheriff’s office, 26-year-old Maleek Aaron, had been on the run for more than a year. Aaron was wanted in connection to a shooting that left one dead and three others injured on Sept. 27, 2020. Investigators say they had a general idea that he was in the state, however did not know a specific location.

“We had been looking for almost a year and a half. That dates back to September of 2020. And we knew that, through our information, that he kind of bounced back and forth from Sandusky to South Carolina,” said Lt. Dahlgren.

According to our sister station, WJW-TV, 27-year-old Tevin Latin was wanted in connection with a separate incident. He had warrants out for his arrest for the murder of 24-year-old Trinidy Jones on Jan. 5.

The sheriff’s office said investigators had information that led them to believe Latin was staying at a motel on New Cut Road in Spartanburg County.

“Monday afternoon law enforcement Ohio reached out to us that they had a possible lead that where two murder suspects from their jurisdiction might be at a local hotel here,” said Lt. Kevin Bobo, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

While deputies were searching the area, they observed Tevin Latin walking near New Cut Road. Latin then walked into the Rodeway Inn parking lot, knocked on a door and entered the room when someone opened the door, the police report said.

“We were able to nail down that he might actually be at this hotel,” explained Lt. Dahlgren.

Deputies surrounded the hotel room and gave call outs for Latin to exit the room.

According to the police reports, Latin opened the door, saw deputies and immediately closed the door back. After several minutes of call outs, Latin exited the room and was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies began to call out Aaron who was believed to be with Latin.

After several attempted call outs, a man exited the room who deputies later identified as Aaron, the other murder suspect. Aaron was also taken into custody without incident.

“It’s normal for us to try to help out other agencies because if the roles were reversed, I’m sure Ohio would have done the same thing we did for them,” said Lt. Bobo.

Thanks to their efforts, the victims’ families are one step closer to getting answers.

“We are just happy that the families of the two victims are going to be able to see justice brought to their families and again we can not thank enough the efforts of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for everything that they did for us that day. We really appreciate it,” said Lt. Dahlgren.

Both Aaron and Latin were taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

According to the Sandusky Police Department, they are expected to be extradited to Ohio some time next week.