THREE PEOPLE FOUND DEAD IN CAR, IN WARREN SHOOTINGS

 

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WARREN,OHIO

Police say the Thursday night shooting deaths of two men and a woman in a car on Southern Boulevard Northwest was “at least a double” homicide and involved only the three people who died.

It could end up being ruled a triple homicide, Sgt. Joe Kistler of the Warren police said. Officials say they cannot recall Warren having a triple homicide.

It apparently will involve no charges since all three people involved are dead, Kistler said. “We’re 100 percent sure it doesn’t involve anybody else,” Kistler said Monday.

Kistler said it’s too soon to discuss who did the shooting or what led up to it.

One gun was found in the car when police arrived for the 7:13 p.m. shootings, Kistler said. The shootings occurred just before and just after the Cadillac crashed into the side of a house at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Solar Street Northwest.

Devonte L. West, 24, of Hamilton Street Southwest, and Brandy M. Joseph, 37, of Merriweather Street Northwest, were pronounced dead at the scene. West was the driver of the car, which was owned by his girlfriend, who was not in the car.

Ju’wantae A. Harbin, 18, of Douglas Street Northwest, a passenger, was pronounced dead later at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

The crash caused minor damage to the home and more significant damage to the Cadillac. The Cadillac was traveling south on Southern and continued in a straight line at a curve and into the side of the home.

Some power lines in the path of the car were knocked down.

A nearby resident called 911, saying people were “shooting each other in a car.” Another witness also said the gunfire occurred before the car crashed. Kistler said the shooting also continued after the crash.

Harbin, who turned 18 April 22, was just booked into the Trumbull County jail July 26 on charges of felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor all-terrain vehicle prohibitions.

In that incident, police arrested him at Risher Road and Palmyra Road Southwest on July 26 after police chased him and two others on all-terrain vehicles and a dirt bike on West Market near Buckeye Street Northwest.

Harbin crashed the ATV he was riding and was taken into custody. The ATV belonged to a Portage County resident who said it was stolen three months earlier. Harbin’s case was pending in Warren Municipal Court.

West was convicted of marijuana possession in April and a vicious-dog charge last October, both in Warren Municipal Court.

In February, West was taken into custody on a warrant for failing to pay fines and court costs through Warren Municipal Court after reports of gunfire near Ferndale Avenue Southwest.

West and another man came out of the woods and had firearms in their jackets, but both had valid carrying-concealed-weapon licenses and were not charged with any weapons offense, police said.

Niles police charged Joseph in August 2015 with misdemeanor theft after an elderly man reported that Joseph, whom he knew, took his wallet from his pocket at Eastwood Mall.

Boardman police charged Joseph with misdemeanor theft Oct. 22, 2015. An arrest warrant was issued for her in July 2016 after she failed to appear in court. The case was never completed.

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