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Norwood police asks for public's help finding accused drug dealer Eric Sarver

'Pretty bad dude' is possible 'danger to the public'
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Posted at 3:32 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 15:32:28-04

NORWOOD, Ohio — Police call accused drug dealer Eric Sarver "a pretty bad dude" and a possible "danger to the public" and asking for help in locating him.

The 30-year-old Sarver, who was out on bond, failed to appear in court Wednesday on 10 drug charges, including trafficking in fentanyl and heroin, police said. He is also charged with endangering children and having a weapon under disability. The former charge accuses him of dealing drugs out of an Elsmere Avenue residence less than two blocks from Williams Avenue Elementary School.

Norwood police posted this alert on their Facebook page Thursday:

"We need your help locating a pretty bad dude. Eric Sarver M/W 5'06/150 Brown/Brown is wanted on a felony capias for failing to comply with a court order. Yesterday he decided after court began, that he did not want to hang around anymore while the judge decided his possible fate."

When Sarver's case was called, his attorney said he had gone out to smoke and never came back, a courtroom official said.

"Needless to say, this is someone that we don't want out on our streets," the police post added. "There is very real possibility that he could be a danger to the public. If you see Eric Sarver or have any idea where he might be, call our dispatch center 458-4520."

When Sarver was arrested in May, a neighbor told WCPO it was cause for celebration. “Maybe some champagne is in order. Maybe a block party," she said.