R.L. Bynoe aka Taj Mahal Frazer- Ohio- 2019 May 18, 2019 0:21:04 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on May 18, 2019 0:21:04 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Cleveland.com)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Prophet R.L. Bynoe gives weekly sermons online, told followers that God appointed him to foretell the future of those who listened to him and held twice-monthly services at a Beachwood hotel where he promised that he could help heal the sick.
Social media posts from the church’s website insist that speaking with the prophet on the phone will amount to a life-alerting experience. He encouraged people to fight through adversity on an hourlong radio program. His website encourages people to email prayers and offers his book “The Sacred Power of Excellent Leadership” for $25.
But U.S. marshals and local police are now searching for him. Authorities say he is a suspect in a sexual assault against a minor and lied to officials after a February arrest on a drug-dealing warrant that turned out to be for a completely different person.
Authorities have been baffled by Bynoe, who spent time in prison under the name Taj Mahal Frazer. Officials are trying to figure his real identity and have struggled to do so in the past.
He also tricked U.S. Marshals and other police agencies on Friday when he spoke with them during an hours-long standoff at an East Cleveland apartment building, making them believe he was inside. When they broke down the door, the police found he had been speaking with them through a web cam set up inside the apartment, according to the U.S. marshals.
U.S. Marshals said on Monday they are still searching for Frazer. He had been arrested in February on a federal methamphetamine-dealing warrant from Arizona, but prosecutors in Cleveland later wrote in court records that he was not the man they were looking for, despite sharing the same unusual name.
Frazer, in a hearing to determine his identity following the arrest, said he was the person being sought in the Arizona indictment, according to a transcript of the hearing. Prosecutors did not say how they determined he was not the Taj Mahal Frazer that Arizona authorities were looking for.
Police have not released any information on the sexual abuse accusations, only saying that Frazer is a suspect.
Frazer, born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, runs the Shiloh New Life International, which meets in person twice per week in Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel in Beachwood off Interstate 271. The congregation met in other area hotels.
Frazer, or Bynoe as he’s called on the church’s website, says he’s been a minister since he was 18 years old and that he’s “known far and wide for his divine accuracy and directness in the Caribbean, South America, South Africa, Europe, and the USA,” the website says.
His wife, Alexis Bynoe, who is listed as a minister and a prophetess on the church’s website, filed their businesses— The Shiloh New Life International Center, LLC. And The Institute of Apostles and Prophets Congress, LLC.— with the Ohio Secretary of State in 2016 and 2017, respectively. His LinkedIn profile says he’s been a pastor for Shiloh New Life International Center since 2002.
U.S. Marshals, however, say that Frazer in 2006 was convicted in a drug-dealing case in which he spent a “significant” amount of time in prison.
Frazer served eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of drug trafficking and possession. He was released from prison on March 6, 2014 and ended probation 13 months later, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
The Southeast Area Law Enforcement drug task force began investigating Frazer after anonymous complaints by a woman who said Frazer and two others were ordering large shipments of marijuana to be delivered to women across the area by UPS or FedEx.
The women would take the drugs back to the Maple Heights home that was being used as a stash house and where Frazer lived.
Investigators sifted through Frazer’s garbage twice and finding documents with the name Ronley Bynoe on them. The officers reported searching numerous databases and being unable to find anyone with a Social Security number, driver’s license or any other documentation under that name.
Detectives later found a plane ticket from Cleveland to New York under the name Taj Mahal Frazer. They also reported finding a trip itinerary for a religious conference for the dates that Frazer was in New York. Both times police reported finding loose marijuana and other items used to package drugs for re-selling.
The detectives in that case also had issues trying to identify Frazer. The officers wrote in court records that Frazer had a marijuana possession conviction in Georgia, but investigators later learned the Georgia conviction belonged to a different Taj Mahal Frazer only after running his fingerprints through a national database.
Investigators on March 3, 2006 raided Frazer’s home after arresting a man who drove from the home with two boxes of marijuana in the bed of his truck.
Frazer pulled up to the home while detectives were watching. They raided the home and found Frazer in the basement, surrounded by a large-scale operation that included some 44 pounds of marijuana that Frazer was cutting up, weighing and putting into gallon-size freezer bags.
Investigators also found various identification cards with the names Taj Mahal Frazer and Ronley Bynoe, according to court records, including an Ohio driver’s license, identification cards from the Virgin Islands and Georgia and a Walt Disney access card with Frazer’s photo on it, but with the name Ronley Bynoe.
Investigators also seized more than $1,600 cash, a gun found under Frazer’s bed and a Scarface plaque in the living room.
During the investigation, authorities seized two of Frazer’s cars because he bought them with drug money. In order to seize Frazer’s cars, officials had to establish that Frazer could have only bought them through illicit means.
Investigators noted that Frazer asked one of the car dealers to hire him so he could show proof of employment.
His girlfriend at the time told police he had no job and wasn’t employed and detectives found he lied about his employment history when he bought the cars.
Additional article on this case: www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/cleveland-minister-taj-mahal-frazer-wanted-for-making-false-statements-sexual-conduct-with-minor
Thoughts? As far as I can tell, Prophet Bynoe or whatever his real name may be is still at large as of this posting date (May 18th, 2019). No new articles in a few months plus a search of Cuyahoga County's online court records only shows a 2006 drug-related case under the name Ronyln F Bynoe who I'm assuming is the same guy. (It lists his date of birth as 6/21/1977 so Bynoe would be 41 years old as of our aforementioned posting date): cpdocket.cp.cuyahogacounty.us/CR_CaseInformation_Summary.aspx?q=cU044G6TtK9cZKaZish5hA2
Anyway, what an extreme bizarre fugitive case, up to the point where no one knows this guy's real name! (Different types of crimes but reminds me of the Arturo Munguia aka Jessi Vega case on AMW).
And I hate to give fugitives credit, but this is a crafty guy and that ploy to pretend he was in a home using a webcam was quite clever. That's why it may take some added publicity to catch him which I hope our forum can help in some way towards that publicity. Clever or not, this is a guy who allegedly assaulted at least one minor which makes him a danger to children anywhere he may be hiding based on if he committed his alleged offense(s).
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