$25K REWARD: US Marshals Put Cohoes Man On 15 Most Wanted List
The heat is raised on a national manhunt for the Cohoes man wanted for murder in an infant’s overdose death. On December 3, 2019, six-week-old Eli Harmon-Ojeda was killed after ingesting “toxic levels of methamphetamines” at the apartment of Anthony Ojeda and Neil Garzon. Harmon-Ojeda’s body had also sustained physical trauma to the ribs and head.
Ojeda, the infant’s legal guardian, was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter as part of a plea agreement that he withdrew in April of 2021. That June, prosecutors formally charged Ojeda with murder, manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a child, as reported by the Times Union.
Released on probation due to a controversial bail law reform that gives limited supervision to those who have exhibited “good behavior,” Ojeda has been considered a fugitive from justice since September of 2021. Both he and Garzon, his husband, failed to show up for back-to-back court appearances. Garzon is wanted on a misdemeanor charge for child endangerment.
US Marshal Service held a press conference at their Washington D.C. headquarters on Tuesday morning, where they upped Ojeda to their Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List. USMS has also raised the monetary reward for information leading to Ojeda’s arrest from $5000 to up to $25000.
USMS Director Ronald L. Davis says, “The U.S. Marshals will bring every necessary resource to bear to see that Anthony Ojeda answers the charges regarding baby Eli’s death."
Marshals believe Ojeda and Garzon are still together and being assisted in their flight by family. Ojeda, 40, speaks little English, is 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs 145 pounds. Garzon is also 5 feet 5 inches and 175 pounds. They were last seen in August 2021 driving a black Nissan Sentra with Indiana tags.
Anyone with information on Ojeda, Garzon, or either’s whereabouts should contact the United States Marshal Service at 877-WANTED2 or on the USMS Tips App.