Police Probe Weekend Violence

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Warren police are investigating several violent incidents from the weekend, including the beating death of a 57-year-old man.

Reports said two people were injured in separate home invasions on Saturday, a woman reported being raped by an unknown man the same day and the man was murdered in his back yard. On Sunday, two people were shot in one incident and a 24-year-old man was shot later in the day.

In the city’s fourth homicide of 2013, George Myers, 57, was beaten to death at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the backyard of his 148 Dickey Ave. N.W. home.

Police arrested Jerred Watson, 28, on Monday in connection with the murder. Investigators said Watson is Myers’ daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

There were five homicides in Warren in 2012.

At about 2 p.m. Sunday, a 32-year-old woman reported she was raped on Berkshire Drive N.E. by someone she doesn’t know. Reports said she went to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Reports said that at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, two men broke into a home at 243 Logan Ave. S.E. and held a 38-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter at gunpoint.

Reports said the two men stole $300 and fled. Both suffered “apparent minor injuries” but reports do not give details.

At about 11 p.m. Saturday, A Plaza Avenue woman told police someone broke into her apartment in the 2300 block of Plaza Avenue N.E. and assaulted her. She said a man she does not know cut her several times with a butcher knife.

Early Sunday, a 24-year-old man told police he was shot. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with a minor gunshot wound, according to reports.

Later in the day, at about 6 p.m. two people were shot at a party in the 700 block of 4th Street N.W.

Reports said Annette M. Freeman, 47, of 4th Street, and William Crenshaw, of Dover Street S.W., were both shot. Freeman was shot in the foot and Crenshaw in the arm.

Reports provide little or no information on what happened on any of the incidents.

Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole isn’t sure why so much took place, but the warmer weather may have have played a factor.

“You have more people out, people interacting more together. The warmer weather brings people out,” Cole said.

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